The Foreign Language Department is located on the third floor of Henderson Humanities Building. Through the Liberal Arts Core Requirement we enable students to acquire the ability to communicate with, and have a keen awareness of, people of a culture other than their own.
Our purpose for the student who elects to pursue advanced study of language(s) is to provide specific knowledge and skills to enhance vocations and opportunities in areas such as business, social work, and Christian service. We also strive to foster a knowledge and appreciation of language as art in the form of literature.
In conjunction with the Division of Education, we strive to recruit and prepare superior language teachers to meet the growing demand.
French students are eligible for admission to Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society. The national honor society for Spanish students is Sigma Delta Pi. German students are eligible for membership in the German Club.
Students wishing to enroll in foreign language courses at other institutions must secure advanced written permission of the department chair of foreign language at Carson-Newman University. Permission is not generally given for more than one course per semester nor for courses offered by non-consortium institutions.
The Department of Foreign Languages offers two majors in French and Spanish (the professional and the corollary major) and majors in Languages. A major and minor in Biblical Languages are offered through the Department of Religion. The professional major is intended for students who plan to study language and literature at the graduate level or teach the language. Literature is stressed, as well as skill development. The corollary major is communication skill oriented to complement majors in English, Business, Human Services, etc. and is offered only as a second major. Requirements for both are listed in this section.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
For Professional [P] Majors and Corollary [C] Majors
- FREN/SPAN 201 - 3 SEM HRS [P & C]
- FREN/SPAN 202 - 3 SEM HRS [P & C]
- FREN/SPAN 301 - 3 SEM HRS [P & C]
- FREN/SPAN 310 - 3 SEM HRS [P & C]
- FREN/SPAN 300- & 400-level courses (excluding 301, 310,and 400) -
12 SEM HRS [C] / 15 SEM HRS [P]
- FREN/SPAN 415 - 3 SEM HRS [P]
- FREN/SPAN 420 - 3 SEM HRS [P]
- LING 220 - 3 SEM HRS [P]
PROFESSIONAL - 33 SEM HRS [P]
COROLLARY - 24 SEM HRS [C]
*Students seeking certification to teach French or Spanish must enroll in a documented immersion experience, such as FREN/SPAN 309, 317, or a study abroad experience pre-approved by the chair of the department.
*A student who begins at the 300 level will have six additional hours of electives.
Biblical Languages: The major in biblical languages is skill oriented and consists of at least 15 hours in one biblical language (either Koine Greek or Biblical Hebrew) and a minimum of 12 hours in the other. The major is designed as preparation for graduate study in biblical studies.
A minor in French, German, or Spanish consists of 18 hours, including FREN 301 and FREN 310; or GER 301 and GER 302; or SPAN 301 and SPAN 310; and excluding FREN, GER, or SPAN 400 in all languages. Courses below 201 do not count toward the minor..
The liberal arts core requirement in foreign language can be met in the following ways:
- Complete a 6 hour sequence in any foreign language at the 100 or 200 level as determined by degree department. Students with prior study of a language are required to take our placement test. A recommendation of entry level will be made taking into account performance on the test and the number of years of study of the language. If the student follows a recommendation of placement in a 300-level or higher course he may, upon completion of the course with a “C” or better, petition the department for up to 9 hours credit for the exempted courses.
- International students whose native language is not English can satisfy their requirement in the following ways:
- score at least 600 on the TOEFL (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test).
- complete one 3-hour course in English language or American literature after completion of ENG 101201.
- complete 6 hours of literature in native language if applicable.
- comply with the requirement for American students by satisfying either part 1 (201202 sequence) or part 4 (CLEP) in a language other than English or the student’s native language.
- receive 12 foreign language credit hours by completing Level II of ELI, receiving recommendation from ELI, and successfully completing six semester hours Carson-Newman credit.
Advanced courses (300 level and above) are offered frequently and consistently.
Teacher Licensure: Those interested in teaching a foreign language in the secondary schools must meet certain requirements as specified by the Teacher Education Department.