The department introduces students to the complexities of other cultures through the study of another language. Learning a foreign language fosters the ability to cope with the unfamiliar, both linguistically and culturally, and to value diversity and understand interdependence. The study of modern foreign languages prepares students to deal empathetically with people of other cultures and backgrounds, both within our country and abroad.
The department stresses proficiency-oriented teaching methodologies that are supported by appropriate technologies. The proficiency orientation stresses contextual and practical use of language; therefore the language is used in the classroom as much as possible. Modern language study at Nebraska Wesleyan University offers students the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional opportunities regardless of their majors and future career goals.
The department offers majors in French, German, and Spanish. To complete a major, one must complete a minimum of 31 credit hours including 1 credit hour for a senior project. The minimum 31 hours must include 25 hours beyond Stage IV (102) and at least one 3-credit literature course. Twelve of these hours must be earned in a semester abroad in the language of their major. The department also requires an exit interview of its graduates.
Up to 9 hours of retroactive credit (advanced credit) is available for 101, 102, and 201 upon the completion of the appropriate higher-level course with a grade of “B” (3.00) or better. Students will qualify for placement at advanced levels through testing results and/or other criteria that the department determines relevant. In no case may one complete a major with fewer than 12 credit hours earned in residence within the department.
Students majoring in French, German, or Spanish are required to incorporate a study abroad experience of one semester (12+ credit hours) in the language of their major. For information on the many available exchange programs and financial aid and scholarship options, students should talk with the Director of International Education and visit the library of study abroad resources. Following study abroad, a major needs to complete one additional 3 hour upper-level course in residence at Nebraska Wesleyan, plus the 1 hour senior comprehensive.
Majors preparing to teach a modern language should consult the education department.
**In the exceptional circumstance of a student who has already declared a first major in another department with the intent of earning a B.S. degree, a student may submit a petition to the Department of Modern Languages seeking permission to declare a second major in language for a B.S. degree.
A minor in French, German, or Spanish requires at least 15 hours above Stage II in a single language, including both 201 and 202 in that language. For students studying language abroad, a minor requires at least one upper-level course in the language in residence at NWU. In no case may one earn a minor with fewer than 4 hours at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Up to 9 hours of retroactive credit (advanced credit) is available for 101, 102, and 201 upon the completion of the appropriate higher-level course with a grade of “B” (3.00) or better. Students will qualify for placement at advanced levels through testing results and/or other criteria that the department determines relevant.