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Whether you are taking a 100-level language class to fulfill a General Education requirement, or a 400-level culture seminar for your French or Spanish major, we are glad to have you with us. Please take a moment to navigate our site in order to see all that we have to offer.
Engaging the Liberal Arts through language:
At Salisbury University, all language courses are a part of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Our major programs have been designed to include the following academic disciplines: literature, history, cultural studies, and applied linguistics. Our lower-level courses emphasize skills acquisition, while our upper-level courses focus on content knowledge. All levels, however, will blend both skills and content acquisition, and will promote the development of critical thinking skills. Critical thinking infuses everything we do, from language learning to understanding poetry to study abroad.
SU French minor Juliet Albano had fun posing as Captain Haddock after a Salisbury University course dedicated to the works of Hergé inspired her to visit the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels.
Talented and dedicated faculty:
Our professors come to Salisbury from some of the best institutions in the nation for graduate study in literature, culture, and pedagogy. Many of your professors will speak three or four languages. Your classes will be taught by expert educators who are active in their respective professions. We love to teach and we think it shows!
SU Spanish students in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Dr. Corinne Pubill.
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Small class sizes with “smart” classrooms in the state-of-the-art Conway Hall:
Class sizes in our department never exceed 20 students per class and often are a bit smaller. Our dedicated language classrooms are located in the 165,000 square feet Conway Hall. As smart classrooms, these learning spaces are equipped with the latest technology available. Many of our professors use a teaching interface called “MyClasses” to deliver course content and to interact with students beyond the classroom.
SU Spanish students dedicate time to helping the local children of Cuenca, Ecuador.
Study abroad requirement:
If you decide to major in French, Spanish, or secondary education for either language, you will be required to participate in a study abroad experience. As our mission states, we believe that an extended stay in another country is the best way to attain cultural and linguistic proficiency for the target language and related region. You may take advantage of our “in house” department abroad programs in Argentina, Ecuador and Spain, and our internship program in Paris, France, or explore additional opportunities by visiting the Center for International Education. If you choose a department program, one of your SU professors will lead the trip. Our faculty are deeply committed to study abroad.
Courses in less-commonly taught languages (LCTLs):
Following a growing national trend in this area, we offer classes in the LCTLs each year. Current offerings include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Russian, and American Sign Language. Contact the department for more information about these language opportunities and upcoming offerings.