GET AN ADVANTAGE
At ONU, you can learn to understand, speak, read and write one of five different languages. In addition to language skills, you’ll gain knowledge about the people, histories and customs of different cultures.
We offer majors and minors in French, German and Spanish. We also offer classes in Arabic and Russian. While a modern language major can enhance your career opportunities, we take pride in offering high quality robust courses, and in encouraging our students to combine a foreign language with their primary major/minor. Here is your opportunity to complete all of your foreign language coursework on time while being able to complete a double major or dual degree to complement any other field. And, if you want to teach, we offer a course of study that leads to teacher licensure, grades seven-12, in the state of Ohio.
Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be part of close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Your dedicated professors will get to know you. They will guide you in your coursework, study-abroad, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and will open doors for you.
Our small setting equals big opportunity. From taking informal trips to ethnic restaurants, crêpe bake sales, Spanish conversation Tertulia sessions, to studying abroad, from assisting professors with research to leading a student organization, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons and build your résumé.
Upon graduation, your future is ripe with possibility. Your degree in modern languages will be your ticket to exciting career options and international travel.
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine studying abroad in Germany, France or Spain. Or spending a semester at sea, taking classes on a cruise ship and stopping at various international ports. Or working on a summer internship in another country. When you’re immersed in another culture, you learn communication skills that just can’t be taught in class. That’s why we offer numerous opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are yours when you study a foreign language.
Join a professional organization, and you’ll discover opportunities in your field and meet new people. We offer six honor societies and social clubs in modern languages alone. These groups sponsor cultural events on campus and plan social activities for members. You’re sure to find one or two student organizations – or several – that fit you.
SUSANNA FLEITES BA WITH A MAJOR IN SPANISH AND MINORS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ‘15
“ONU’s incredible faculty will make sure your language-learning adventure is exciting, productive and challenging! Speaking another language literally opens up a whole other world to you and creates opportunities that otherwise might not exist. The education I received at ONU is comparable to that of our nation’s top universities. Each of my professors challenged me to think more judiciously and approach issues and challenges from a variety of perspectives. The talent and caliber of my peers amazed me, and they inspired me to achieve my best. As an ONU graduate, my future is full of boundless opportunities.”
The daughter of a Cuban immigrant, Susanna Fleites always longed to learn Spanish. She decided to fulfill her dream and study Spanish at ONU. While here, she participated in many student organizations, including the Latino/a Student Union and Mortar Board. She also studied abroad in both South Korea and Spain.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Over the past three years, an average of 100 percent of our modern language studies majors were employed in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- The foreign language teaching licensure programs in French, German and Spanish are approved by the state of Ohio. The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Here are some courses you’ll take as a modern languages major:
- Culture and Schooling
- Curriculum and Assessment
- Study Abroad
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
Some graduates in modern languages find work as interpreters and translators. However, most choose careers in different fields that give them opportunities to use their language skills or travel internationally. Because of globalization, modern language graduates can find job opportunities in countless fields, including:
- Museums and libraries
- Health care
- Science, engineering, technology
- Transportation and logistics
- Government agencies
Check out where some of our recent modern languages graduates have ended up: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and SPS Commerce.
Adding a language minor can be very beneficial in many settings. Nicole Amadon - a Pharmacy and French graduate - used her abilities to help communicate and treat those in Ghana while on an international pharmacy rotation. Without the ability to speak French, she wouldn’t have been able to properly treat those individuals.
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