REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN FRENCH
The French major consists of 36 credits in intermediate or upper-level courses and LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics. At least 8 credits of French at the 300/400 level must be successfully completed on the Gordon campus. Majors are required to spend either one or two semesters at an approved program in France or a Francophone country. The junior year is recommended for study abroad.
Requirements for the Concentration in Francophone studies
French majors may elect to complete a concentration in Francophone studies within their program. Requirements for this concentration are:
FRE365 Carribean Studies
FRE491, 492 Seminar in Quebec Studies I, II
FRE493, 494 Seminar in African Studies I, II
One additional 4-credit course selected by the student with department approval
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN GERMAN
The German major consists of 36 credits in intermediate- or upper-level courses and LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics. These courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor to include a broad distribution among language, literature and culture courses. With prior approval from the major advisor, partial credit from courses taken in other departments may be applied to the German major or minor when the course content focuses sufficiently on the Germanic cultures. Examples of possible courses include: BIB305, HIS221, HIS335, MUS322–324 and PHI333. Students are required to study for one or two semesters at the University of Heidelberg. The junior year is recommended for study abroad.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN SPANISH
A minimum of 36 credits in intermediate or advanced courses and LIN200 Introduction to Linguistics are required for the Spanish major. These courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor to include a broad distribution among language, literature and culture in Spanish Peninsular and Latin American courses. Students are required to study for one or two semesters at a departmentally approved site through the Center for International Educational Exchange programs (see www.ciee.org for details). Junior year is recommended for study abroad.
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. 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:
LIN302 Semantics and Pragmatics
LIN303 Phonology and Phonetics
LIN304 Syntax and Morphology
LIN/ENG404 History of the English Language
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOUBLE MAJOR WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL OR SECONDARY EDUCATION
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
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.