Overview

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.

Chinese

Chinese is the language of the world’s most populous country, a country rapidly becoming one of the most important economic, political, and cultural powers in the world.

French

French has historically been a major language of world diplomacy and remains one of the major languages of scholarship throughout the world. Of course, it also opens doors of opportunity in France, Canada, and francophone Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beginning and intermediate Chinese 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.

CHN 110: Elementary Chinese I (3 hrs.)
CHN 120: Elementary Chinese II (3 hrs.)
CHN 201: Intermediate Chinese I (3 hrs.)
CHN 202: Intermediate Chinese II (3 hrs.)

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 343: Practicum (3-6 hrs.)
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 German language courses are also offered.

JPN 110: Elementary Japanese I (3 hrs.)
JPN 120: Elementary Japanese II (3 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.

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.