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By providing insights into the linguistic, cultural and intellectual lives of other peoples, language study and the investigation of foreign literatures and cultures foster in the student a broader, more informed perspective on the world. Students pursuing a major or a minor in Languages and Culture Studies will study linguistic structures, develop audio-lingual and writing ability, become familiar with literary texts, develop analytical abilities and gain an appreciation of cultures and traditions different from their own.
The program consists of three separate sections: Spanish, French and Classics. Students are able to major in the program with a concentration in Spanish, French, Classics or World Languages. Minors are available in Spanish, French, Latin, and both Classical and Modern Greek. The program also offers a focus on Hellenic Studies. Consult information below for individual program requirements.
CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR IN LANGUAGE
Concentration in Spanish
Students majoring in Spanish must fulfill eight core LANG/SPAN courses plus three topical electives in Spanish, one of which must be at the 4000 level. This concentration is designed to enable students who seek admission into the Post-baccalaureate Education Program as well as for those students who wish to apply to graduate programs for advanced study in Spanish. The LANG/SPAN curriculum will develop students’ abilities in the five areas proposed by the National Standards in Language Education Project: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. The primary objective is to promote not only the intensive study in Spanish with emphasis on meaningful interaction, but also the integration of the language within other fields of interest. This interdisciplinary approach, and the focus on the cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world, will help students attain at least the minimum Advanced Low Oral Proficiency level, as proposed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Concentration in French Studies
The study of French at Richard Stockton College gives students the opportunity to acquire oral and written linguistic skills that have a practical as well as an intellectual application. The French faculty teaches all levels of language, culture and literature courses in French. Students are encouraged to develop and to deepen their formal knowledge of the language, and to become engaged with challenging ideas dealing with linguistic, cultural or literary topics. All courses with the program are taught in French. Students seeking to acquire teaching certification will take the required courses set by the Education program. During their junior or senior year of French Studies, students are encouraged to study abroad either in Quebec or in France. The program also encourages interdisciplinary studies through courses in European arts and history.
The study of the ancient world, and especially the languages and cultures of Greece and Rome, was once central to all liberal education. Other disciplines have moved into the ring, but an understanding of the ancient world is still crucial to the best work in history, literature, religion and art, and has connections with politics, psychology and a host of other fields. The Classics major allows students to choose among four concentrations, all of which will include at least one ancient language component. Depending on the concentration chosen, the other requirements may consist of more language study or study of one ancient culture, Greek or Roman. The study of Classics is one way of preserving the past and also a way for students to use it in current study, whether to prepare for graduate study or a teaching career in the languages or history.
Latin and Romance Language
This concentration is intended to show the modern continuation of the ancient language and civilization and will be especially helpful for those considering teaching certification.
Ancient Greek Language and Culture
This concentration is for those who want to focus on ancient Greece.
Latin Language, Roman Culture and Europe
This concentration is for those who want to start with ancient Rome but move on to later European history and would be good for those considering teaching social studies.
WORLD LANGUAGES CONCENTRATION
Program Requirements 48 Credits:
The World Languages Concentration is for students who have an interest in language acquisition but who do not wish to choose just one language of study. However, after having fulfilled the program credit hours, students can continue to accumulate credits in their primary language of study by using their cognate credits to pursue further study at the advanced levels. This major is also intended for students who seek teaching certification in World Languages.
MINOR IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
(Total 20 credits)
Requirements for French, Spanish, Latin and Greek Minors:
Students from all majors can earn a minor in French, Spanish, Latin or Greek.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
The program is open to any student with an interest in language, literature or linguistics. A student should declare a major or minor during the sophomore year to allow time for fulfilling the necessary requirements.
In addition to the 64-credit General Studies requirement, the non-transfer student must satisfactorily complete 64 credits in the Language and Culture Studies program and cognate courses to qualify for the B.A. degree in Language and Culture Studies. All transfer students must complete a minimum of 16 credits in Languages and Culture Studies courses at Stockton regardless of how many credits were accepted by the program when students transferred to Stockton. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses counted toward the 64 program credits required for graduation.
Students majoring in specific languages are able to combine their studies with Education for public school teaching certification. In 1996 the State of New Jersey incorporated a World Language Education Program in its Core Curriculum Content Standards and Frameworks for K-12 students. The need for professionally trained teachers of foreign languages is critical and will increase in the future. A major in Spanish also prepares students for graduate school.
Combined with other majors, study in modern languages at least at the level of the minor can increase employment potential in many fields, especially within the greater metropolitan areas of the United States and in fields that involve working in different countries or branches of business.