ABOUT FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Lenoir-Rhyne University offers multiple foreign language majors and minors, including majors in Spanish and German, minors in Spanish, German, and French, and additional introductory coursework in Chinese and Biblical Greek. The Spanish and German majors provide students with the strong linguistic skills necessary to effectively communicate in their chosen language. In addition, students will explore the origins of the language, developing an informed understanding of the history, civilization and culture. Studies include an examination of literature as well as other artistic and social achievements.
Each program is flexibly designed to accommodate students seeking the degree. Through coursework and multiple study abroad opportunities, majors develop a rich understanding of both the language and culture of the various parts of the world related to the particular language. These majors develop linguistic abilities that prepare them with the necessary proficiencies for professional opportunities after LR.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Foreign Language students are strongly encouraged to participate in appropriate study abroad experiences in one or more of the many international opportunities offered at LR, since total immersion in a culture and language will best ensure optimal proficiency with the language. On campus, students will have opportunities to participate in the Foreign Language Club and with programming offered through the Office of International Education, and they will have the chance to participate in programs with International students. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts an annual Foreign Language Festival in celebration of the study of diverse languages and cultures (with particular attention to the programs offered at LR). Through the festival, students experience different foods, music and customs from other cultures. During the year, through convocations and similar activities, programs devoted to the history and culture of these areas will be available, also.
Spanish is the second most utilized language in the United States. It is also the official language of over twenty countries in the world. It is the third most spoken language in the world, with over 450 million native and nearly 100 million non-native speakers. With the Hispanic population rapidly growing in the U.S. today, the demand for the knowledge and skills necessary to support an increasingly bilingual culture continues to grow. Possessing fluency in both Spanish and English furnishes graduates with exceptional professional opportunities—at both the national and international levels. The ability to speak and/or translate Spanish can be instrumental for career opportunities in a myriad of fields including education, business and finance, healthcare, human services, travel and hospitality, immigration services and law, politics and diplomacy, publishing, communications, and many more.
Similarly, preparation in the German major furnishes ample professional opportunities. More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. Germany is the most populous European nation. German is also the official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. In addition, German is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English. In total, learning German connects one to about 120 million native speakers around the globe, as well as a vast number of others who have learned it as a second language. Given these wide-ranging influences, there are substantial opportunities for German majors after graduation. German Studies graduates work in publishing houses, as librarians or documentalists, or as cultural managers or journalists. They also may teach German, and some combine teaching German as a foreign language with translation or interpreting. Given the prominence of German culture around the world, professional opportunities are available in a wide array of political, diplomatic, financial, economic, and/or business settings for career development and advancement.
Learn more about Lenoir-Rhyne’s Study Abroad programs.
At Lenoir-Rhyne, students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in German or in Spanish. The minor is also available in Spanish, German, and French, and it provides an excellent supplement to majors in Business, the Social Sciences, the Fine Arts, the Humanities, and/or Human Services. Chinese is offered through the second level of courses, which furnishes an excellent supplement for students considering study abroad options in China or planning professional careers that will connect them to the Chinese world.