Knowledge of other languages and cultures is increasingly essential in the global marketplace. At Berry College, you can earn a major or minor in French, German or Spanish. You might be preparing for graduate study or professional training. Maybe you want to give your future career a boost by becoming proficient in a second language. Some students choose to pursue a double major that includes the language of their choice and another subject, such as business, government or education. Learning a language can also lead to opportunities to study, work and volunteer in other countries. Three 2008 graduates received Fulbright scholarships to teach English in Austria for two semesters; a 2010 graduate received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Spain. At Berry, you will find a variety of options for expanding your horizons abroad. Careers for foreign language majors include secondary and post-secondary education, translation, international diplomacy, business, immigration services and mission work, among others. If you’d like to teach French, German or Spanish, you can earn a P-12 education minor in that language. We promote the training of language teachers through Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences.
Who teaches foreign languages at Berry?
Members of the foreign language faculty hold doctorates from such notable institutions as Emory University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Tulane University; the University of Georgia; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Washington; and the University of Wisconsin. A number are native speakers of the language they teach. In recent years, students have also had the opportunity to interact with Fulbright scholars from France and Germany in and out of the classroom. Are there opportunities for language practice outside the classroom? Berry’s newly renovated Language Resource Center, which is staffed primarily by foreign language majors, is available to students for oral practice and listening all day and many evenings. We also have a busy foreign film schedule and an International Club. Foreign language professors hold conversation hours and even organize extracurricular events, such as Spanish plays, for students. For students of Spanish, Berry has a chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society for Spanish. Students may also practice Spanish and appreciate Spanish and Latin American culture at meetings of Orgullo, a club that raises awareness about Hispanic culture at Berry and in the local community.
Is it possible to study a foreign language abroad? Si, oui and na, klar!
We offer many exciting opportunities for foreign language study abroad. All foreign language programs offer summer, semester and yearlong sessions. As a participant, you’ll get a thorough orientation and will stay in a residence hall or private home so that you will be more deeply immersed in the culture of your host country. There is on-site student support, and cultural excursions are included.
The Spanish major
Spanish majors develop their language skills while learning about the history, literature and cultures of Latin America and Spain. Students may complement their education through study abroad and service to the local Hispanic community. Opportunities include volunteering as a teacher in Berry’s English as a Second Language Program or mentoring local elementary school students.
Costa Rica? Spain? Argentina?
Our Spanish majors continue to be well-traveled as they take advantage of opportunities to immerse themselves in a variety of Hispanic cultures. Students bound for Spain often study in Seville and are eligible for the Kathleen Granrose Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually. If you are interested in exploring the cultures of our neighbors to the south, consider participating in programs in San José, Costa Rica, and Buenos Aires and Córdoba, Argentina. Most of these programs offer internship and service learning opportunities for interested students. Additionally, those students seeking to combine their love of Spanish with service may choose to participate in Berry’s summer program in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Students spend seven weeks learning about Costa Rican culture while serving as English teachers in area elementary schools.