Studying a foreign language is a win-win situation! It increases job prospects in any career, it elevates cultural sensitivity, and it satisfies a number of General Education requirements.
The multi-cultural world we live in often requires knowledge of a second language. Whether it be for traveling socially or as a translator or as an executive with an international company, learning a foreign language can be beneficial and increase your career possibilities by making you a more marketable candidate.
The Foreign Language Department at Lindenwood University offers you a comprehensive program of studies in French and Spanish, as well as a two-year sequence in German and a two-year sequence in Mandarin Chinese. The primary goal is to prepare you for citizenship in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual global community, helping you develop both linguistic competence and cultural literacy.
Your first two years of study will concentrate on learning functional language skills and developing your understanding of the foreign cultures and civilization through training in listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language.
After the intermediate level, you will work on advanced language proficiency and cultural awareness through significant exposure to the literature and culture of the country or countries studied. This gives you the opportunity to experience literary masterpieces in their original languages and to increase your knowledge of the traditions, achievements, and lifestyles of the international community.
Studying foreign languages at Lindenwood University provides you with a foundation for graduate study in foreign language, literature, and cultures, and if you desire, prepares you to become a foreign-language teacher by meeting the professional standards represented by the Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) examinations. You are also strongly encouraged to travel and study in foreign countries and enroll in double majors, such as language/education or language/business, in order to enhance your professional qualifications.
Degree Programs Offered
The department offers the following major degree programs:
The department offers coursework leading towards the following School of Education teacher certification programs:
- Teacher Certification in French (major program; taken in combination with minor in education (K-12) and EDU33200)
- Teacher Certification in Spanish (major program; taken in combination with a minor in education (K-12) and EDU 33200)
The department also offers the following minor programs:
The department also offers the following two-year sequence:
Study abroad opportunities are available for you, with semester-long programs in France, Spain, Costa Rica, and Germany. There is also a summer-long program in France. You will become fully immersed in the culture of your host’s country with the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills you have acquired.
The foreign languages faculty at Lindenwood University have many years of educational, professional, and personal experience in their languages. Some faculty are native speakers of the languages they teach. They know the culture and the language and will pass that knowledge along to you. If you are interested in learning more about our programs, please contact: