Why Languages at E&H?
Majors and minors are offered in French and Spanish. In addition, Greek courses enable students to read the New Testament in its original language. At times, special course introductions to such languages as Arabic, Chinese, and Latin have been offered. The Department of Languages offers a B.A. degree in three tracks of study:
Language and Literature
The Language and Literature track, which may be completed in French or Spanish, is designed to train you in the language and to acquaint you with the literature and general culture of a foreign country or region. Students also are prepared for careers in public service, diplomacy or translating/interpreting. If you are planning for advanced study in graduate or professional school, the Language and Literature track should be your choice.
Language and Cultural Studies
The Language and Culture Studies track links French or Spanish to an in-depth understanding of France, Spain, or Latin America. It includes an experience of immersion in a foreign culture, after you have developed language fluency, through study abroad.
Completion of the Teacher Preparation program will enable you to meet Virginia requirements for a license to teach a foreign language.
Why to learn a second language?
A recent article explains why bilingualism is more relevant than ever.
The demand for interpreters and translators is projected to grow more than any other field between now and 2026. But the requirement to be bilingual is no longer limited to aspiring State Department officials or UN translators. Increasingly, employers are seeking candidates who speak multiple languages for both low- and high-skilled positions. That is, even those with only a high school diploma may need another language to find a good job. Employers are seeking workers who speak multiple languages as they hire home health aides, secretaries, teachers, and web developers, and not only in those states with a higher demand for bilingualism, like Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas.