Come to know other cultures as they know themselves
Studying a modern foreign language isn’t just studying a list of words and phrases: It’s studying a culture, a people, and a way of life, and it opens up new worlds of understanding into literature, art, architecture, music, history, drama, and philosophy.
It also teaches you to communicate in a deeper and truer way. Studying a foreign language gives you a fuller understanding of words, grammar, and metaphors in your native language as well as in the languages of others. It makes your mind more flexible, more adaptive and agile. It teaches you the art of nuance and subtlety. And it prepares you to engage the global community with greater knowledge and greater perception.
If you want to better understand the world in which you live, if you want to travel and discover the riches of history and tradition, if you want to serve the Church in the U.S.— a Church increasingly and profoundly affected by Hispanic migration—or if you want to succeed in an interconnected, global economy, you should consider majoring in French, German, or Spanish at Franciscan University.
As a language major, you will learn to listen, speak, read, and write in your chosen language. You will also learn about the literature penned in that language—the books of history, philosophy, theology, poetry, and fiction that both shaped the language and were shaped by the language. And you’ll come to understand the culture and history of the French, German, or Spanish-speaking peoples, as well as their enduring contributions to the contemporary world.
To achieve these goals, you will study language in a way that reflects its links to human experience, studying it through literature, art, music, film, philosophy, theology, and science. Small-sized classes mean you will receive plenty of personal attention and individualized instruction from Franciscan’s world-class modern language faculty. Additionally, you’ll have the advantage of using our Language Learning Center, which allows you open access to computer technology that complements your classroom studies. The Learning Center is available for private practice, group study, reading, listening, and viewing foreign films.
All three majors afford you a large number of elective hours, making it possible to study a second or third foreign language, or study for a second major in other fields. By the time you graduate, you will be able to speak, read, write, and listen in German, French, or Spanish. You’ll understand the culture and history of the German, French, or Spanish-speaking peoples. And you’ll have the communication skills you need to be an asset to any business or organization in today’s global economy.
If you choose to major in French, you will need to complete 30 hours of French language, culture, and literature courses (24 hours must be upper-level courses).
If you major in German, you will need 24 hours of German language, literature, and culture courses at the 300-400 level. At least 12 of these credit hours must be in the area of culture, literature, film or linguistics. The rest can be in the language skills area.
As a Spanish major, you will need 30 hours of course work at the 200 level and above. At least 12 of those hours must focus on literature, culture, or linguistics.
In addition to the above, all French, German, and Spanish majors are expected to complete a senior thesis or senior seminar.
You are also encouraged to spend a summer or a semester abroad, studying in a French, German, or Spanish-speaking culture. In addition to the University’s semester-abroad program in German-speaking Austria, Franciscan’s study abroad office offers many other travel opportunities for students, and will work with you to find the right fit in Canada, Latin or Central America, France, Germany, or Spain. Find out more about all of our study abroad opportunities.
Class of 2006Major: Spanish
The summer before he graduated from Franciscan University in 2006 with a degree in Spanish, David Hickson graduated from Marine Officer Candidate School. He knew exactly what he was going to be: a Marine Officer. But after much time in prayer and struggling to find peace, he realized that he simply couldn’t kill other human beings. He turned down his commission and thought he was going to the seminary to be a Navy chaplain, but he didn’t find peace that route either. Then, Hickson decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and teach.
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