Undergraduate Course Catalog 2012-2013

General Information

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The Foreign Language Program offers students an opportunity to study a variety of foreign languages, including more commonly taught languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, and German, and less commonly taught languages and critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and Russian. In addition, the program offers language courses for people with specialized reasons for language study such as Spanish for Nurses, Teachers, or Law Enforcement Officers, as well as formal language instruction for heritage speakers. Language offerings vary depending on student interest and demand.

Classes in Spanish are conducted in conventional teacher-fronted settings that include opportunities for small-group learning. Maximum enrollment in Spanish classes is 25 students. Courses in less commonly taught and critical languages typically have smaller sections and are sometimes scheduled by arrangement.

The philosophy of the Lewis University Language Program stresses immediate practical language skills and communication. Emphasis is on how to use the language in culturally appropriate ways rather than simply learning facts about the language. Very little English is used. Each foreign language course carries 3 semester hours of credit.

Students are encouraged to carefully select the language of study and to consider taking one of the less frequently taught critical languages, knowledge of which is especially valued today.


A Foreign Language and Culture minor is a flexible, interdisciplinary program that focuses on a specific linguistic and geographical region, requires three semesters of language study, and allows students to choose three additional courses that will enhance their understanding of the culture and the language they wish to pursue. Students can choose these three additional courses from among numerous offerings, including a fourth semester in the target language.

This minor not only prepares students to become more proficient in a foreign language, but it also documents their dedication to global citizenship. Because employees with proficiency in foreign languages and intercultural understanding are already in high demand, those who complete the minor will be able to distinguish themselves as they compete for jobs. This minor is, therefore, especially beneficial for majors in Aviation, Communication, Criminal/Social Justice, English, History, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Pre-Med or Pre-Law all those who plan to pursue careers in particular geographic regions of the U.S. or the world, and all those in business, education, or nursing who may be interested in making themselves more marketable by preparing themselves to work in global companies or not-for-profit agencies.

For a capstone or integrating experience, students are strongly encouraged to engage in a study abroad opportunity.

The minors offered include Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish languages and cultures. These are critical languages currently having great applicability. Students who pursue minors in Arabic or Chinese Language and Culture are encouraged to also enroll in the Ethnic and Cultural Studies minor. Spanish Language and Culture minors should consider also enrolling in the Latina/o Studies minor.