Why Study a Foreign Language at MC?

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The study of a foreign language opens the doorway to a wider world of opportunity for students preparing for any career. For some, the doorway will lead to opportunities to work with people in the U.S. whose English proficiency is limited. For some, it will lead to an understanding of scholarly, scientific, or technical literature written in other languages. For some, it will lead to careers that take them overseas, whether in business, foreign relations, politics, teaching, research, missions, journalism, tourism, or a variety of other fields. 

American Sign Language

American Sign Language is currently the sixth most-used language in the U.S., or the fifth most-used non-English language in the U.S. The study of American Sign Language leads students toward careers in interpreting and transliteration for members of the Deaf population as well as toward counseling, social work, teaching, working in schools for the Deaf, and graduate study in linguistics or anthropology. Maryville College is one of fewer than 50 schools nationwide offering bachelor’s degrees in this area of study. The major in American Sign Language- English Interpreting prepares students for careers as interpreters and transliterators; the major in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies leads to a wide variety of other careers serving the Deaf.

German

German is one of the most important languages of publication for scientific and technical literature worldwide, as well as the language of the country ranked by the World Bank as the fourth largest economy in the world (by gross domestic product, 2012). Maryville College offers a minor in German. A licensure to teach German is available with the minor if a student is already acquiring licensure with the student’s major.

Japanese

Japanese is the language of the world’s third largest economy (by 2012 gross domestic product), a country with a history of technological innovation. Maryville College offers a minor in Japanese. A licensure to teach Japanese is available with the minor if a student is already acquiring licensure with the student’s major.

Spanish

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S. after English, so it opens many opportunities for interaction with major segments of the U.S. population, as well as doorways into the culture and life of Latin America and Spain. Maryville College offers both a major and a minor in Spanish. Moreover, the major in Spanish for Teacher Licensure leads to qualification to teach high school Spanish. So does the minor in Spanish for Add-on Teaching Endorsement, for those who already have teacher licensure in another field.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Bethany Headrick ’18
Hometown: Walland, Tenn.

Bethany’s ultimate career goal is to find a job in hospitality or service that will use her Spanish-speaking ability and allow her to travel and live abroad. Majoring in both Spanish and International Business, she has had numerous opportunities at MC that will help her realize her goal. She spent a semester studying abroad in Argentina, is interning with the non-profit Centro Hispano and is working at RT Lodge, an upscale group lodging and event site located on the MC campus. “My advisors have been nothing but helpful as I have searched for the perfect internship for me and appropriate Senior Study topic,” she said. “My horizons have broadened, and I now have an interest in service that I never thought I would be interested in before. MC has opened so many doors for me.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Kelsey White ’10
Currently: Completing a dual master’s degree in social work and public health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Kelsey is using the skills she learned in the Spanish major at MC to influence her career in public health social work. Her graduate work has focused on mental health, substance use and maternal/child health. She has a particular interest in working with immigrant and refugee communities in the South. “I went into MC with a strong interest in service, and I learned so much about social justice,” she said. “In Dr. [Geoff] Mitchell’s class, I learned that language is tied to everything else, and you have to learn about culture, politics, history and so much more to truly understand and communicate with others. That’s directly related to how a social worker thinks.”

Job Placements

Alabama Department of Mental Health
Blount County Schools
Clayton Homes
Eastman Chemical Company
Deaf Access Solutions
Lenoir City Schools
Ruby Tuesday
Sorenson Communications

Graduate School Placements

Emory University School of Law
Gallaudet University, School of Social Work
George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Studies
Oklahoma State University, School of Business
Trevecca Nazarene University, School of Library, Information Sciences
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Social Work and School of Global Public Health
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Foreign Language Education at the College of Arts and Science

Course Offerings

Instruction is available in six foreign languages; a major is offered in Spanish and minors are offered in German, Japanese, and Spanish. Course descriptions can be found under each listing. Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin are occasional special offerings.

American Sign Language

Two majors offered at Maryville College draw on American Sign Language, the major in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and the major in American Sign Language-English Interpreting. Courses and requirements for each major can be found under those listings.

Beginning and intermediate French language courses are offered. Students seeking additional study in one of these languages or cultures should consider a study abroad experience from options available through the College Study Abroad programs.

FRN 110: Elementary French I (3 hrs.)
FRN 120: Elementary French II (3 hrs.)
FRN 201: Intermediate French I (3 hrs.)
FRN 202: Intermediate French II (3 hrs.)

The Minor in German consists of at least 15 credit hours above the 100-level, including:

GER 201: Intermediate German I (3 hrs.)
GER 202: Intermediate German II (3 hrs.)
GER 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs.)


Six credit hours earned in an approved College Study Abroad program.

German 201-202, 225 or the equivalents, are prerequisites for students who intend to complete their German Minor by pursuing an approved course of study abroad.

German is offered for initial teacher licensure in conjunction with another licensure area. Beginning German language courses are also offered.

GER 110: Elementary German I (3 hrs.)
GER 120: Elementary German II (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Japanese consists of 15 credit hours above the 100-level, including:

JPN 201: Intermediate Japanese I (3 hrs.)
JPN 202: Intermediate Japanese II (3 hrs.)
JPN 225: Intermediate Conversation and Composition (3 hrs)

An additional six credit hours earned either by taking a combination of the following:
JPN 337: Internship
JPN 349: Selected Topics in Japanese (3 hrs.)

 

Participating in an approved College Study Abroad program.

Japanese 201-202 are prerequisites for students who intend to complete their Japanese minor by studying abroad. Beginning Japanese language courses are also offered.

JPN 110: Elementary Japanese I (4 hrs.)
JPN 120: Elementary Japanese II (4 hrs.)

 

Spanish

The Major in Spanish consists of 46 credit hours beyond elementary Spanish.  In addition, Spanish majors spend the second semester of their junior year abroad in an approved program in a Spanish-speaking country. During this semester abroad, 12 hours of approved Spanish courses are completed. Arrangements for study at foreign institutions are described under the College Study Abroad programs.

A second track in the major, Spanish for Teacher Licensure, consists of 43 credit hours beyond elementary Spanish. Spanish majors for Teacher Licensure must also spend the second semester of their junior year abroad in an approved program in a Spanish-speaking country. During this semester abroad, 12 hours of approved Spanish courses are completed. In addition, students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education.

The Minor in Spanish consists of at least 15 credit hours in Spanish in courses above the 100-level.

The Minor in Spanish for Add-On Teaching Endorsement requires the completion of 15 hours of Spanish above the 100-level.