Languages Program

Gordon's languages track helps you in becoming globally educated and locally involved in ethnic communities while providing a wide array of foreign language, culture, literature, and linguistics classes from a distinctly Christian perspective.

The Languages program is designed for students:

  • Who want to become proficient in at least one of the languages offered
  • Wishing to become globally educated by incorporating Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish into their area of study

FULFILLING THE CORE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
The Foreign Languages and Linguistics Department serves Gordon students in the core by helping them master basic linguistic and intercultural skills. To meet your language requirement or to help you prepare for foreign language reading requirements in graduate school, the Department—in conjunction with the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies—offers courses in:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Latin 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMBINED LANGUAGE MAJOR
The combined language major consists of 44 credits (or equivalent): 20 credits in advanced-level courses (300 or above) in language I, 20 credits in advanced-level courses in language II, and four credits in linguistics. Students studying Chinese (Mandarin) as language II may, in consultation with the major advisor, apply MAN201 and MAN202 to the major. Students with proficiency in language II may, with approval, substitute courses in other languages for some language II courses. Students are required to study for each language at least one semester overseas at an approved language program. The junior year is recommended for study abroad.

HONORS IN FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, COMBINED LANGUAGES OR LINGUISTICS
Seniors who maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall may graduate with honors in French, German, Spanish, combined languages or linguistics. General requirements for the program include a substantial research project culminating in a written honors thesis which is also orally presented and defended in front of department faculty. In addition, honors students may take additional classes beyond their major requirements in disciplines such as sociology, comparative literature, history or philosophy.

REQUIREMENTS FOR LANGUAGE MINORS
The minor consists of one of the following: 20 credits in intermediate- and upper-level courses in one language or in linguistics (with department approval); 8–12 credits in intermediate- or upper-level courses in each of two languages; or 12 credits in intermediate- or upper-level courses in one language plus 8 credits in linguistics. Up to 12 credits towards the minor may be taken abroad in a non-English speaking country. Contact the department chair for more information.

 

MINOR IN CHINESE (MANDARIN)
The minor consists of 8 credits in intermediate courses at Gordon and 12 credits in intermediate- and upper-level courses through the Beijing Asian Program at Beijing University or through another approved program in China. Contact the department chair for more information.

MINOR IN CLASSICS
An interdepartmental minor is available which combines Latin language with a selection of courses in history, philosophy and classical literature. Students pursuing the minor will take two full years of Latin language plus two additional courses from one or more of the above fields for a total of 24 credits. Visit the Classics web page or contact the department chair for more information.

MINOR IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES
An interdepartmental minor is available which combines study of language, literature, culture, history, politics, economy, society and foreign relations of East Asian countries. See Interdisciplinary and Off-Campus Curriculum. Due to staff transitions, the history courses required to complete the minor are not currently available, but are expected to be offered again in the future.

MINOR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
An interdepartmental minor is available which combines study of language, literature, culture, history, politics, economy, society and foreign relations of Latin American countries. See Interdisciplinary and Off-Campus Curriculum.

MINOR IN LINGUISTICS
The minor in linguistics consists of 20 credits as follows:
LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics

Four of the following courses:
LIN301 Sociolinguistics
LIN302 Semantics and Pragmatics
LIN303 Phonology and Phonetics
LIN304 Syntax and Morphology
LIN/ENG404 History of the English Language

Students seeking licensure in French, German or Spanish at the 5–12 grade level must complete all language and education requirements, including a semester of study overseas. In addition, prior to their senior year students must pass Advanced Writing (FRE313, GER313 or SPN313) with a minimum B grade as well as the departmental Prepracticum Spoken Language Standard. See language advisor for details.
Courses that are strongly recommended:
EDU300 Theories of Language Acquisition
EDU301 Methods of Second Language Teaching
EDU303 Teaching English as a Second Language Using Sheltered English

Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG) is a national foreign language honor society whose Kappa Epsilon chapter was established at Gordon College in 1983 to acknowledge achievement in the field of foreign languages, encourage academic excellence in the field of linguistics and cultural studies, promote cultural awareness inherent in foreign language learning, and foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendship. Invitation to membership in the Gordon chapter is contingent upon the support of a faculty member in the department and is extended to students who meet qualifications. For more information contact the department.