Bachelor of Arts Degree
Conversing fluently, communicating effectively and problem-solving in diverse cultures, professions and social settings in spoken and written languages other than English are the objectives of the modern language department at ORU. In each foreign language course offered by the department, students develop their foreign language linguistic skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak that language. At all stages of their study, students are encouraged to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people whose language they are studying.
The Modern Language Department offers majors in French and Spanish as well as Modern Foreign Language Education (K-12). Minors are available in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. All foreign language majors are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program during their junior year. Study abroad courses offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable cultural insights as well as earn academic language credit.
Research has proven that the study of a foreign language enhances and increases facility with one's own native language as well as one's overall cognitive skills. Modern language majors at ORU are no exception and typically are outgoing, great communicators and possess increased cognitive flexibility.
Language Lab and Cultural Center (LLCC: http://www.oru.edu/current-students/my-academics/resources/language-lab/ )
The Language Lab and Cultural Center occupies two classrooms and hosts foreign language learning resources and equipment. The LLCC is designed to allow a group of students to work on a variety of activities simultaneously. The resources available at the LLCC are instrumental in developing language fluency.
Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities
Members of the French Club bring the French culture to the ORU campus through a variety of activities. Of course, students make their own crêpes every semester. From time to time the French Club shows movies housed in the Culture Center. Unforgettable Fêtes de Noël always involves a treasure hunt for cadeaux hidden throughout a professor's home.
French Honor Society - Pi Delta Phi
The French Honor Society recognizes students who demonstrate scholarship in French. The membership is composed of students and professors who are distinguished in the study of French and have demonstrated a passion for the French language and francophone cultures.
The skill of foreign language fluency provides increased marketability and increases potential salary in the global business world. With a major in French you can look forward to careers in:
- International and global businesses
- The travel industry as agents and representatives
- Missions around the world
- Government agencies
- Translation services
- Foreign news as interpreters and analysts
- Foreign Service as librarians, teachers and professors
- Armed Forces linguists
- Intermediate French
- Phonetics and Conversation
- French Composition
- Survey of French Literature
- French Electives