French · German · Japanese · Spanish
The foreign language disciplines offer courses in foreign languages, cultures, and literatures which may lead to both majors and minors in French, German and Spanish, as well as a minor in Japanese. The objectives of language studies are to enable students to communicate effectively in the foreign language and to understand and appreciate the cultures and values of the countries in which the language is spoken. The discipline also offers literature and culture courses in English for the General Education Program.
Studies in foreign languages at the College help students increase their awareness of their own values and beliefs as well as those of another culture; aid in preparing teachers for foreign language teaching careers; provide language skills and cultural awareness to students specializing in other academic areas; enable students to meet the foreign language requirements of graduate programs in foreign languages and comparative literature; and prepare students for various careers in an increasingly global society.
All foreign language courses are taught in the target language, and students are expected to use the target language in class. In addition, advanced courses require one or more formal oral presentations and papers in the target language. Each presentation and paper is assessed with feedback to students. In the senior capstone course (400), students are required to write a lengthy term paper in the target language. Students certified to teach the language must achieve a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major or minor, including earning a "B" or better in their senior capstone course.
Graduate School Advisor: Dr. Thomas Conner
Language Courses: Language study at St. Norbert College includes four semesters of elementary and intermediate instruction: 101, 102, 203, 204.
Modern Foreign Language Certificate: Certificates are awarded in French Language, German Language, Japanese Language, and Spanish Language to students who successfully demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency and choose not to pursue a major or minor.
IBLS Major: In cooperation with Business Administration, there is a major program in International Business and Language Area Studies.
International Studies: Language cooperates with a diversity of disciplines such as Ecology, Economics, Political Science, Theology and Philosophy in the major, International Studies, that emphasizes global interdependency.
Individualized Major in Japanese Language: A student can pursue an Individualized Major in Japanese Language when faculty staffing is available and approval is given by the Divisional Chair and Academic Dean. The purpose of an Individualized Major in Japanese Language is to provide an opportunity for students to study Japanese language and culture. The Japanese Language program is specially designed for students who wish to devote their attention to the mastery of the Japanese language. Those students who have already taken some Japanese language courses in high school or have studied the language in Japan must take a placement examination and obtain approval for course selection from the head of Japanese Language before pursuing this option. (See the Academic Policy section of the Catalog - Individualized Majors.)
Course Placement: Students who have had a foreign language and who plan to continue language study beyond 101 are required to take the College's placement exam during orientation for incoming students. Students who wish to continue language study and/or fulfill their General Studies Area 7 Foreign Heritage requirement will be placed according to their score on the College's placement test into the appropriate level (101, 102, 203, 204, or 305). Incoming students who have taken the CLEP or AP exam may earn credit for up to two courses in their language (101 and 102).
Retroactive Credit Policy: Students will be awarded up to two courses for previous language study if they place into and pass a language course with a B or better.
See individual language sections for more information.
2005-2007 French Program Requirements
2003-2005 French Program Requirements
2001-2003 French Program Requirements
French Course Descriptions
2005-2007 German Program Requirements
2003-2005 German Program Requirements
2001-2003 German Program Requirements
German Course Descriptions
2005-2007 Japanese Program Requirements
2003-2005 Japanese Program Requirements
2001-2003 Japanese Program Requirements
Japanese Course Descriptions
2005-2007 Spanish Program Requirements
2003-2005 Spanish Program Requirements
2001-2003 Spanish Program Requirements
Spanish Course Descriptions
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