218 Spotts World Culture Building
Modern Languages and Cultures
The department’s mission is to prepare students for the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. Our main goal is to enable the acquisition of world languages other than English for SRU students. We aim to educate world citizens who will acquire linguistic skills through an intellectual process that takes into account the perspective of the target culture. Our mission thus supports the vision statement of Slippery Rock University which encourages us to excel as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world.
Ana Maria Caula, Adelaida Cortijo, Gisela Dieter, Yukako Ishimaru, Marnie Jo Petray
“I can honestly say that without such a caring and hardworking department, I would not be where I am today. Living and working in France having the time of my life. The department provided me with many experiences, both on campus and off, that I will never forget.” Katie L. Snedecker, BA French 2004
“I feel very knowledgeable and competent as a future teacher thanks to the wonderful guidance and instruction that I received from my foreign language professors and the educational department. I am proud that I will be able to take my SRU education and use it to make a difference in the future.” Regina Jeanette, BSED Spanish 2005
“Thanks to the amazing MLC staff, I learned how to speak two other languages and I’m now using both of them working and studying abroad!” Vincent Celender, BA French 2005
The study of modern languages will develop your linguistic skills, prepare you to better understand the culture or cultures associated with them and generally broaden your horizons. The greater intellectual curiosity that you will acquire and the ability to express yourself in another language will prepare you for the challenges of the global age we live in.
As a student of modern languages, you should look forward to a world of career fields, some of which include business, government, journalism, education, healthcare, interpreting or translating. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your career goals with your advisor or the department chairperson. Interested students are able to participate in the French Club, the Arabic Club, the Japanese Club, or the Spanish Club.
Students with previous language experience must take an appropriate modern language placement test to determine course eligibility. Students who wish to receive academic credit for previous experience must take the appropriate CLEP examination administered by the university. The CLEP examination must be taken before enrollment in foreign language courses and for freshmen within the first few weeks of the semester.
Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish 101, 102, and 103 satisfy the liberal arts language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree in any discipline as well as the liberal arts goal and enrichment requirements in the global community area.