Department of Modern Languages' Tips for Students at Wright State University
Your high school language classes will save you time and money if you are wise enough to:
- Take a language as soon as you begin your university career (If you don't, you might forget your language, lose your self-confidence, and end up wasting your time in French, German, Spanish, etc. 1010).
- You can follow the guidelines for placement below, however, we strongly advise you to take the placement exam as soon as possible (the department office is open M-F all during the summer and breaks - see Placement link to the left):
- If you have taken three years of French, Spanish, German, you are strongly advised to place into FR, GER, SPN 2010. Why?
- 2010 is an intermediate review course, which begins with the present tense.
- At WSU, if you earn a C or higher in a language course over 1010, you can buy back credit hours for the course(s) you skipped! (Speeds up graduation).
- Example: you take FR 2010 in your freshman year. After earning a C or higher, you may buy back credit for FR 1010 and 1020 at $50 per credit hour (cheap).
- This gives you two extra classes (and 6 credit hours) on your transcript!
- Conclusion: the higher you place, the less time and money you waste.
- Placement exams. Check the Placement Times link to the left regarding placement exams outside of summer and breaks.
Should you need further advice on placement, call or email the department office.
- Department of Modern Language professors will be happy to unofficially advise all students expressing an interest in a language major or minor (supplementing your university college advisor).
- One of us will become your official college advisor after you are accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and have declared your French, German or Spanish major or minor.
Quick and handy French, German or Spanish minor
(see programs/Minors link for Russian and chinese studies minors)
Only 18 credits (6 classes)
- 2010 & 2020 = 6 credits
- Any combination of 4 classes at 300 or 400 level = 12 credits
- Study abroad classes count
Fun and fulfilling language major:
39 credits in French, Spanish or German, 3 credits in related courses
Majors and minors
are often combined with studies in English, History, Business, Communications, Engineering, ESL, other languages (e.g., French and German, German and Spanish). Given the global economy, knowledge of a language can give you the edge in today's competitive job market.
- Wright State has many opportunities for earning credits while living or traveling abroad (for all of the programs listed below, please consult the UCIE website or faculty in the relevant language).
- University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC): a very popular program, for example in the beautiful Southwestern city of Pau, France, on the edge of the Pyrénées or Salamanca University, in Spain, or in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, in Central America or the rich culture of Chile in South America.
- All levels accommodated (beginning through advanced)
- Possibility of studying for one year, one semester, or one or two 5-week summer sessions
- ISA Study Abroad
- Exchange Programs
- Strasbourg = summer program. European Union theme. All levels welcome.
- Two- to three-week Ambassador Programs to France, Spain, Chile, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, China, Germany and Austria, all led by faculty of the Department of Modern Languages (2020-level or above recommended, but not required in most cases).
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Last Updated May 17, 2012