Courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature are designed to provide students with insights into the culture and literature of foreign countries while they develop fluency in a second language. The study of a foreign language ranges from an introductory sequence through a minor or major concentration and represents an integral part of a broad, internationally enlightened education. Foreign language proficiency also increases students' understanding and command of their native language.
The department offers both major and minor concentrations in French, German, and Spanish, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Language courses in Chinese, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Yoruba also are offered, as well as courses in Celtic Studies.
All incoming students with one year or more of high school foreign language study are required to take a placement test prior to enrolling in any course in that same language at SIUE. There is no charge for the test, and students may earn up to 16 hours of proficiency credit in accordance with University and departmental policies. Please contact the department for more information.
It is strongly recommended that students who choose a language major also select an additional major or minor concentration in another discipline. Such a combination will enhance students' educational and employment opportunities.
A current listing of language courses can be found on CougarNet