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Grants

Following are the project abstracts from the grants:

Title VI-A Grant (1995)

Title VI-B Grant

Title VI-A Grant (1997)

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Title VI-A Grant (1997)

"From Europe to Latin America: A Program to Expand the Boundaries of International Business and the Foreign Language Curriculum."

Salisbury University (SU) is a traditional liberal arts institution located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. AT SU, recognizing the need educate students in international business with a rigorous background in foreign languages and geo-political studies has long bee a goal of the Perdue School of Business and the Department of Modern Languages in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. to that end, both schools have previously collaborated to implement an International Business Track which not only includes intensive international courses in all business disciplines but also requires the student to enroll in foreign language, political science and geography studies. In addition, study abroad is highly encourages as an overall part of the program. In 1995, the two schools sponsored the first study abroad program to Grenoble, France and continued with a second study abroad program to Rennes, France in 1997. Lastly, new courses were developed to incorporate business into the French language courses and to include more cultural and region-specific topics into the business curriculum.

As the interests of the faculty begin to move toward other regions of the world, their competencies are in languages other than French, and as students are beginning to express a desire to study in locales other than Western Europe, a concerted effort is now needed to expand the offerings of the Business School and the Department of Modern Languages in the area of business Spanish and to develop a cross cultural experiential learning program in a Spanish speaking country which focuses on an international business theme. Building on the newly established business school's relationship with the Universidad Mariano Egana in Santiago, Chile, the goal of this grant project is to expand the International Business Track offerings for its students who will need to meet the challenges of a global economy and increase their language skills and cross-cultural sensitivities in a Latin American region. In order to accomplish this, the Perdue School and the Department of Modern Languages will again collaborate, using project funds to:

  • Expose business and language faculty to successful models for incorporating more curriculum content on Latin America through both domestic workshops and travel abroad.
  • Revise the BUAD 385 Business in its Global Setting and BUAD 686 Global Business courses to include more cultural content on Latin America, particularly through the use of distance learning and multi-media resources.
  • Create a new proficiency-based course, SPAN 313 Commercial Spanish and a culture course, MDFL 406 The Art of Crossing Cultures, directly addressing customs and practices in Chile .
  • Plan and implement a Winter-term, cross-cultural experiential learning program with the Universidad Mariano Egana in Santiago, Chile that includes the classroom lectures combined with site visits and cultural experiences.
  • Jointly teach BUAD 385 and BUAD 686 with SR. Jorge Nilo Gonzales of the Universidad Mariano Egana via distance learning at SU and during the Winter-term cross-cultural program in Chile.
  • Develop and execute a model marketing study and recruitment plan to encourage more students to study abroad and to enroll in foreign languages as part of their overall education.
  • Certify a Spanish professor as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviewer.
  • Develop an interactive, searchable data base on the Global Programs website.

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