With 38 French-speaking countries, worldwide, students majoring or minoring in French will have ample opportunity to explore the language that they love! Not only does SVSU offer its students extensive study abroad opportunities and festive on-campus activities, but it encourages students to discover other cultures through clubs and interactive classes. Requiring only 20 credits to graduate with a minor and 28 to finalize a major, French language students excel at forging bonds with native speakers and developing their verbal proficiency via both immersive experiences and language labs. Whatever a student’s aspirations, SVSU’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages can help their Cardinals soar!
We, at SVSU, are excited to get to know you and your interests! We’re here to encourage you to hone your language skills both in and out of the classroom. With classes ranging from elementary to advanced and focusing on all subjects from contemporary Canadian cultures to the history of France and more – we’re eager to find the topic that interests you most. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions and dig a little deeper into our program. Together we’ll adventure to Francophone cultures and explore trends in books and in person – your possibilities of growth extend to the Eiffel Tower and beyond!
The Department of Modern Foreign Languages doesn’t just recommend but, rather, highly encourages all of its students to participate in study abroad opportunities. Through these immersive experiences, students are able to go beyond their books and ingrain themselves into culturally rich and vibrant communities. Very few experiences truly allow students to absorb language in its natural habitat - ultimately allowing students to soak up cultural surroundings, traditions and language like a sponge.
A Foreign Language degree is a means of communicating with other communities whose native tongue is different from your own. With over 6,000 alternative languages in the world, there is a large language gap that is ever evolving. For this reason, a degree in any foreign language is beneficial to both the individual and society, as it allows for better communication between differing cultures - both abroad and stateside.
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SVSU does not have a specific foreign language requirement, however, it does have an Oral Communication requirement that heavily incorporates elementary and intermediate language courses.
No matter what the field, double majoring will always be a challenging experience for any student. It requires dedication and hard work in two separate fields of discipline. However, double majoring in a foreign language adds greater value to a student’s degree as it boosts their marketability and opens many doors to a wide variety of potential career paths that may not, otherwise, be open.
A language major is a student who majors in a secondary language, outside of their native tongue, and continues to build upon their communication skills over time. Ideally, the goal of the major is to feel at ease within their non-formative culture, so much so that they are comfortable with using various forms of communication both verbally and nonverbally.
Students who are majoring and minoring in a foreign language are expected to develop advanced or intermediate fluency in their chosen secondary language. Those taking courses to fulfill a general education requirement or simply out of curiosity are not held to the same fluency standards. However, they will be expected to communicate on an elementary level by the end of their chosen course.
The ease of learning a foreign language varies from person to person, though it is the intention of the MFL Department to have each major and minor graduate with an intermediate or advanced comprehension of their chosen language.
It’s virtually impossible to truly grasp another language, without understanding the customs and traditions of its native speakers. For that reasoning alone, students at SVSU are given every opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with cultures other than their own. From immersive study abroad opportunities to multicultural events and more, students have every chance to grow and enrich their collegiate experience. Furthermore, the MFL Department encourages students to get involved in cultural events, organizations and activities - particularly in regards to the traditions and customs of the language a student is actively pursuing as a secondary language.
Natasha earned the highly prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. The scholarship provided her with an internship and afforded her the opportunity to explore her love of the Japanese language in the land where it’s spoken.Learn more about this Cardinal's story!
On to great things! Tere studied abroad at SVSU’s sister university after studying the language and culture of Japan and Latin America through video, discussions and taking translation literature courses via the Modern Foreign Languages Department.Learn more about this Cardinal's story!
Haley is one of only two students in the U.S.A. who was accepted into the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program and to France to conduct veterinary research over the summer. Now, she has the opportunity to participate again, applying to a similar program in Greece!Learn more about this Cardinal's story!
Ammara Saleem spent her time in the United States indulging in American Sign Language and culture, so she could take her experiences back to her biochemistry degree and communicate on a whole new level.Learn more about this Cardinal's story!
Heather Speer used to live in Germany and has now picked up the language, planning to one day visit again. Combining her love of psychology with her love of language, Heather has a new grasp on problem solving.Learn more about this Cardinal's story!
Maribel Colorado-Garcia, Spanish Program
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Monika Dix, Modern Foreign Languages
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Julie Foss, French Program
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