Language Concentrations: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
(other language concentrations may be approved by the Department Chair)
The Department of Modern Languages at Nebraska Wesleyan University prepares students to engage in a diverse and changing world through the study of languages, literatures and cultures. Recognizing that the study of language is central to the experience of a liberal arts education, the Department of Modern Languages serves the entire student body through the Archway Curriculum and its Major and Minor programs. At every level, students develop skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing, equipping them to communicate with global competence.
Modern Language Studies at NWU:
The study of language and cultures is central to the humanities and vital to students as they prepare for professional careers in a globally interconnected society. The Department of Modern Languages offers a broad curriculum with courses in language, culture and literature, supported by interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs across the university and through study abroad opportunities.
The Modern Language Studies Major and Modern Language Literacy Minor encourage students to delve deeply into language and cultural study. Beginning with a focus on literacy by developing skills to read, write, and communicate effectively in the language of concentration, our majors and minors study in disciplines that are complementary to language learning, such as History, Linguistics, Political Science, Communication Studies, and Anthropology, as well as studying multiple languages. By approaching language and cultural studies through an interdisciplinary lens, our goal is to cultivate educated speakers of foreign languages with intercultural competence.
Language Placement: Students with prior language study may qualify for placement at intermediate or advanced levels through our placement process which begins with the language assessment taken upon enrollment at NWU. Native speakers and heritage speakers (those who speak a non-English language in the home) should consult with the Department Chair regarding appropriate placement in Modern Language courses.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Express themselves effectively and are understood by native speakers in a variety of oral and written registers.
- Understand native speech.
- Employ a variety of coping strategies to communicate both verbally and non-verbally in the target language.
- Read and comprehend a variety of texts written for native speakers of the target language.
- Investigate local, national, and international issues of interest in the target language.
- Demonstrate knowledge of linguistic and cultural aspects of another county.
- Enhance intercultural competency through living in another linguistic and cultural environment.