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Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies

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Dr. Carl Brucker, Interim Head
Witherspoon, Room 142
(479) 968-0256
cbrucker@atu.edu

Professors:
Chandler, Ward, Zakharian
Assistant Professors:
Carballo, Ramírez
Instructor:
Joselin-Yucra

The mission of the Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies is to help students attain a state of intellectual freedom that enables them to grow personally, socially, and professionally. The department works to develop students’ learning skills in foreign languages; to teach students to communicate effectively; to foster cultural understanding, tolerance and world perspective; and to prepare students to live in a global society.

The Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies offers programs of study leading to a baccalaureate degree in French, German, Spanish, International Studies, and Spanish Medical Interpretation. The programs are designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in another language, as well as live, study, or work in international settings. Study or work abroad opportunities, either as part of or after the four-year program, will be available to students. The programs are supported by the most up-to-date technology, available to students in the Foreign Languages Lab located in Dean Hall and Pendergraft Library. Departmental majors will be prepared to pursue graduate degrees and a variety of careers in business and industry, communication, education, foreign service, government, and public relations.

Tech offers a comprehensive foreign languages program. Students may choose a degree program in French, German, and Spanish; pursue studies in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Russian; or complete a minor in French, German, Japanese, Italian/Latin, Latin American/Latino studies with language proficiency, Latin American/Latino studies without language proficiency, and Spanish.

Foreign Languages

All foreign languages majors will be required to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) prior to graduation and score at the Advanced Low level. The OPI fee is currently $134. Each student is responsible for the cost of the exam.

All foreign languages education majors must have at least an Advanced Low oral proficiency rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for admission to the internship. The OPI fee ($134) is assessed with enrollment in FR/GER/SPAN 4003. Each student is responsible for the cost of the exam.

The degree program in Foreign Languages requires 38 hours in foreign languages. A student’s credit by examination and course work must total 38 semester hours.

Foreign Languages majors may pursue teacher licensure in French, German, and Spanish. The curricula for teacher licensure in French, German, and Spanish are printed in the catalog section of the College of Education.

Students with previous foreign languages experience may petition the Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies for advanced placement and credit. Petitioners will be given written and/or oral examinations by a foreign language faculty member who will then recommend an appropriate foreign language placement level. This placement level will not exceed FR 3013, GER 3013, JPN 2024, LAT 2013, or SPAN 3013, and will be approved by the department head. Students who have omitted one or more courses in the basic language sequence will receive credit for omitted courses when they have validated their advanced placement by passing the course into which they are placed with a grade of "C" or better.

Students have the opportunity to attend universities abroad for a semester or an academic year (see the catalog entry under Student Exchange Opportunities).

Student advising is an important part of the programs. Departmental majors will work closely with their faculty advisors to assure successful academic progress.

Curriculum in Foreign Languages
(BA Degree with Concentration in French, German, or Spanish)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
BIOL 10141,T 4 ENGL 10231,T 3 ANTH 2003T 3 PHSC 1013 & 10211,T 4
ENGL 10131,T 3 ART 21231,T 3 FR, GER, or SPAN 3003 3 ENGL 2003 or 2013T 3
FR, GER or SPAN 20142,3,T 4 FR, GER, or SPAN 20242,3,T 4 FR, GER, or SPAN 3023 3 FR, GER, or SPAN 3013 3
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 Elective4 6 Elective4,T 6
MATH 11131,6,T 3 Physical Activity1,T 2
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
FR, GER, or SPAN 3213 3 FR, GER 3113, SPAN 3123 or 3133 3 FR, GER, or SPAN 4213 3 FR, GER, SPAN 4223 3
Social SciencesT 3 FR, GER, or SPAN 3223 3 FR/GER/SPAN 3143 or 3163 3 Elective4 13
FR, GER, SPAN 40035 3
Elective4,T 9 Elective4 9 Elective4 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.
3Lab attendance is required for the beginning and intermediate foreign language courses.
4At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level.
5All foreign language majors will be required to take the OPI.
6Must complete course with grade of C or better.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Spanish Medical Interpretation

The BA Degree in Foreign Languages with a Concentration in Spanish Medical Interpretation is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing heavily from the Sciences, from Nursing and Spanish. Students who choose this degree will take a minimum of 12 hours of Science, 37 hours of Nursing, and 37 hours of Spanish and fulfill their general education requirements.

A degree in Spanish Medical Interpretation is designed to prepare students to work with clients in the medical field who speak Spanish and little or no English, and who need assistance in communicating with doctors and other healthcare providers. The nature of the translation requires that students are trained in health care and possess a native or near native fluency in Spanish.

Students admitted to this degree program must demonstrate at least a beginning proficiency in Spanish and are expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency in Spanish upon completion of the program. Students who are native speakers of Spanish must demonstrate proficiency in English for admission. Students may receive up to eleven (11) hours of Advanced Placement credit in Spanish.

It is recommended that students without computer skills enroll in COMS 1003. Prerequisites for NUR 3204, 3606, 3703, 4206, and 4606 will be waived for students majoring in Foreign Languages with Concentration in Spanish Medical Interpretation.

Students must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Maintain at least a grade of B in all the Spanish language courses.
  2. Maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale in order to be admitted to upper division nursing courses.
  3. Acquire professional student liability insurance and current certification of Basic CPR for adults, children, and infants as taught by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or persons currently certified in CPR instruction. These must be renewed each year.
  4. Produce evidence of immunity to chicken pox or vaccination.
  5. Obtain Hepatitis B Vaccine series.
Curriculum in Foreign Languages
(BA Degree with Concentration in Spanish Medical Interpretation)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,4,T 3 ENGL 10231,4,T 3 NUR 20234,T 3 NUR 3803 3
MATH 11134,T 3 BIOL 20144,T 4 BIOL 30744 4 NUR 35014 1
CHEM 11144,T 4 SOC 10034,T 3 HIST 3323 3 PSY 20034,T 3
SPAN 10632,T 3 ART 21231,T 3 SPAN 3003 3 Social Sciences1, T 3
SPAN 20142,3,T 4 SPAN 20242,3,T 4 NUR 31024 2 SPAN 3013 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
NUR 32044 4 NUR 36064 6 NUR 42064 6 NUR 46064 6
SPAN 3133 3 NUR 37034 3 SPAN 43846 4 SPAN 4809 9
HIST 4133 3 SPAN 3213 3 SPAN 4801 1
Physical Activity1,T 1 Physical Activity1,T 1 HIM 4073 3
ENGL 2003 or 2013T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 NUR 33024 2
        SPAN Elective 1
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.
3Lab attendance is required for the beginning and intermediate foreign language courses.
4Students must complete course with a grade of C or better.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level.
6An oral proficiency level of Advanced Low, as demonstrated by a score on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, will be required of all Spanish Medical Interpretation majors. The OPI fee ($134) is assessed with enrollment in SPAN 4384.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
French

The minor in French is designed for foreign language majors who would like to study an additional language and for students who cannot complete a major in a foreign language, but for employment or other considerations, would like to obtain some basic foreign language competencies and be familiar with the culture of the target language. The minor in French requires 17 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

FR 2014 Intermediate French I
FR 2024 Intermediate French II
FR 3003 Conversation and Composition I
FR 3013 Conversation and Composition II
FR 3113 Culture and Civilization

Minor
German

The minor in German is designed for foreign language majors who would like to study an additional language and for students who cannot complete a major in a foreign language, but for employment or other considerations, would like to obtain some basic foreign language competencies and be familiar with the culture of the target language. The minor in German requires 17 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

GER 2014 Intermediate German I
GER 2024 Intermediate German II
GER 3003 Conversation and Composition I
GER 3013 Conversation and Composition II
GER 3113 Culture and Civilization

Minor
Japanese

The minor in Japanese is designed for foreign language majors who would like to study an additional language and for students who cannot complete a major in a foreign language, but for employment or other considerations, would like to obtain some basic foreign language competencies and be familiar with the culture of the target language. The minor in Japanese requires 17 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

JPN 2014 Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 2024 Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 3003 Conversation and Composition I
JPN 3013 Conversation and Composition II
JPN 3113 Culture and Civilization

Minor
Italian/Latin

The minor in Latin/Italian is designed for foreign language majors who would like to study an additional language and for students who cannot complete a major in a foreign language, but for employment or other considerations, would like to obtain some basic foreign language competencies and be familiar with the culture of the target language. The minor in Latin/Italian requires 17 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

LAT 1013 Beginning Latin I
LAT 1023 Beginning Latin II
ITAL 2014 Intermediate Italian I
ITAL 2024 Intermediate Italian II
ITAL 3113 Culture and Civilization

Minor
Latin American/Latino Studies with language proficiency

The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies with language proficiency is designed for students who wish to obtain a sufficient background about the Spanish speaking populations in Arkansas and the United States. This minor will be particularly valuable to students who are already bilingual and who plan to work with native Spanish speakers in the health fields, law enforcement, education, and the service sectors. The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies with language proficiency requires 18 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

HIST 3313 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3323 Modern Latin America
HIST 4133 Latinos in the United States
AND
9 hours selected from the following:
SPAN 3123 Spanish Civilization and Culture
SPAN 3133 Spanish-American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 3143 Contemporary Hispanic Culture Immersion Experiences
SPAN 4213 Spanish Literature
SPAN 4223 Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 4803 Foreign Language Internship
SPAN 4991-3 Special Problems in Spanish

Minor
Latin American/Latino
Studies without language
proficiency

The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies without language proficiency is designed for students who wish to obtain a sufficient background about the Spanish speaking populations in Arkansas and the United States, but who do not wish to major in either history or Spanish. This minor will be particularly valuable to students who plan to work with native Spanish speakers in the health fields, law enforcement, education, and the service sectors. The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies without language proficiency requires 19 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

ANTH 3233 MesoAmerican Archeology
GEOG 3303 Geography of Latin America
HIST 3313 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3323 Modern Latin America
HIST 4133 Latinos in the United States
SPAN 1024 Beginning Spanish II

Minor
Spanish

The minor in Spanish is designed for foreign language majors who would like to study an additional language and for students who cannot complete a major in a foreign language, but for employment or other considerations, would like to obtain some basic foreign language competencies and be familiar with the culture of the target language. The minor in Spanish requires 17 hours of courses (all course prerequisites must be met first):

SPAN 2014 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2024 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 3003 Conversation and Composition I
SPAN 3013 Conversation and Composition II or SPAN 3113 Business Spanish
SPAN 3133 Spanish-American Civilization and Culture