English & Modern Languages
The ability to communicate well is a skill that is highly valued across a wide range
of careers and academic pursuits. When you earn a bachelor degree in English literature,
writing, or English education, you gain skills you can use as a professional writer,
editor, publisher, or teacher. Graduates have successful careers in public relations,
journalism, advertising, government service, and business or undertake graduate work
in areas such as law, library science, literature, education, or theology.
Modern Foreign Languages:
Proficiency in a modern foreign language can prepare you to communicate across cultural
and national barriers. A major in Spanish, French, or Translating/Interpreting, or
a minor in Arabic, Chinese, French, Modern Hebrew, or Spanish can be used for careers
in business, education, entertainment, government, journalism/media, ministry, and
non-profit work. Not only can you develop oral proficiency in a foreign language,
but you'll also broaden your knowledge of the literature written in that language
and the culture of those who speak it.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT:
- If you have never taken a class in the language you wish to study, start in 101.
- If you have transferred foreign language credit to ORU and want to continue in that language, start at the next ORU course. (Example: If you have transferred credit equivalent to French 102, enroll in the next ORU course, French 203).
- If you have taken classes in the language you wish to study, but have not transferred
credit to ORU:
- For French and Spanish: Take the ORU Language Placement test: https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/ (The test costs $10, and takes about 15-20 minutes).
- For Chinese: Please see one of the Chinese instructors - Prof. Jenny Fang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. Yabing Wang (email@example.com).
- For Arabic: Please see the Arabic instructor - Prof. Charlotte Neller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students in our programs have exciting opportunities for professional and personal enrichment, such as:
- Study abroad for a semester or a year, perhaps at Oxford, Cambridge, or in Spain or France.
- French Club, Hebrew Club, Spanish Club.
- Specialty courses such as C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Early Christian Literature, Multicultural Literature, and American Nature Writing.
- Workshops and readings by professional poets and fiction writers.
- Annual literary workshops and events.
- Student/faculty literary journal Promethia.
- Internships and service learning.
- Walden Weekend, an annual opportunity to commune with nature and focus on writing and literature.
- Sigma Tau Delta, national English honor society.
- Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish honor society.