As a result of language study, students develop skills in critical thinking, communication and organization.
What is modern language study at Shippensburg University?
The study of modern languages at SHIP will prepare you in interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading, oral and written presentations in French, German or Spanish. You will also study the culture and literature of foreign countries including their products, practices and perspectives. Our world languages curriculum strengthens your critical thinking skills and your global and intercultural awareness.
What kinds of careers can I expect?
Students with a modern languages degree From SHIP have entered a variety of careers such as teaching, business, government, social service, public health, international relations, translation and interpretation for private and public entities, travel agencies, advertising, and others.
What about internship opportunities?
SHIP modern languages majors have had internships in social service agencies, museums, businesses, community organizations, and government.
How should I prepare for a foreign language major?
You should study a specific language in high school at least four years if possible. Training in a second and even a third foreign language is helpful. Take every opportunity to practice the language you are studying. Take advantage of any language resources available to you: foreign language broadcasting, newspapers, music, and contact with exchange students and others who speak the language you are studying. One of the student learning outcomes that SHIP world languages program strives to achieve is oral proficiency. Therefore, the more you are at ease with speaking the language, the better you will do in our courses.
What kinds of courses will I take?
Modern languages majors or minors complete courses in conversation, writing, grammar, phonetics, culture, and literature in the chosen language. All courses are designed following the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Standards and they are conducted in the target language.
What technological support is available?
The Department of Modern Languages has a 35-position computerized multimedia audio-video language learning center for both classroom sessions and individual work. Some of the computers are equipped with Webcams and Skype to facilitate live interactions with native speakers. Practicing in a multimedia center accelerates students’ learning process and transforms the most tedious aspects of language learning into an enjoyable experience. Both the department and Ezra Lehman Library maintain an excellent collection of books, magazines, maps, and DVDs on the language, literature, and culture of foreign countries.
What about study abroad opportunities?
Students who wish to study abroad will find that there are many opportunities available. French and Spanish majors are especially encouraged to study at least one semester in a country of their language. Our majors and minors have studied in a number of foreign countries, chosen according to their own particular interests. Study abroad is highly encouraged but not required for the minor.
May non-majors take modern language courses?
Any student may take foreign languages courses. The Department of Modern Languages offers majors in French and Spanish as well as minors in French, German Studies, and Spanish and certificates in French and Spanish. Students majoring in International Management must take a series of intermediate or advanced courses in their chosen language. Language and foreign study enhance the ability to function effectively in other countries. Many students find that proficiency in a foreign language is very useful in today's highly competitive job market. Several departments, such as criminal justice, social work, and elementary education, recommend that their majors study Spanish in particular.
What student organization exists in this field?
There are several organizations which directly involve modern languages majors, minors, and interested students. The French/francophone, German, and Spanish Clubs invite all students to participate in a variety of activities, such as foreign language films and field trips. All three clubs offer academic support as well as cultural events. The French and Spanish Honorary Societies are organizations that recognize and honor students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. The department also provides a multilingual web page that features student production.