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Modern Languages and Cultures

Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.

Students who want to enhance their marketability upon graduation should learn a foreign language and become familiar with other world cultures. The study of languages and the development of cross-cultural understanding transform
students into more enlightened, culturally sensitive citizens who can better perform in the global community and the world marketplace.

To ensure Clarion University graduates are prepared for today’s competitive job market, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers the following courses and programs:

  • B.A. in Modern Languages with Concentrations in French, German and Spanish

  • Minor in French, German, Spanish, Film Studies, and Global Understanding

  • B.S. in French or Spanish Education for students who intend to teach

  • Courses that fulfill foreign language, general education, or values flag requirements

We recommend students opt for a double major or a minor, combining two languages, or a language with other fields, such as business, communication, fine arts, the sciences, and the humanities. Recent graduates of the program have found employment as teachers throughout the nation. Others have gone to graduate school, or are pursuing careers with international corporations, the government, the military, or the foreign service.

Unique features of the program include:

  • Competent and dedicated faculty—well-trained professionals who are native or near-native speakers of the language they teach, or have studied and lived extensively in countries where it is spoken. All are highly dedicated teachers who are on the cutting edge of foreign language pedagogy, and whose research interests are relevant to, and enhance their teaching.

  • Low student-faculty ratio allows faculty to be accessible to students and to give them individual attention.

  • Language center offers students the opportunity to practice their aural/oral skills, and to have access to computer-enhanced and Internet-based activities. An extensive video library is available to students, either as support to courses, or for personal enrichment.

  • Overseas travel and study abroad programs for one summer, one semester, or an academic year are available for students of French, German, or Spanish.

  • Language clubs provide many special social and cultural events, including films, conversation and game nights, guest speakers, and field trips.

  • National language honorary society, Alpha Mu Gamma, initiates outstanding language students each year.


Modern Languages (B.A. – concentrations in French, German, Spanish) Outcomes

  1. Students will acquire and demonstrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at the Intermediate-High level of the target language (French, German, Spanish) consistent with the National Standards for Foreign Language Education.

  2. Students will acquire and demonstrate skills necessary to analyze and compare cultural products and practices of the target culture  (French/Francophone, German/Hispanic with their own culture.

  3. Students will be able to identify and analyze major literary, historical and cultural products of the target culture and situate those products within a broad historical framework.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use library and technological resources that allow them to access and analyze literary works, and cultural products and practices related to the target language.



SPANISH, B.A. 42 credits
Required: SPAN 251, 252 (or 250*), 280, 281, 282, 301, and 18 additional credits from courses numbered 253-499 excluding courses taught in English. In addition to these 30 credits of Spanish, ENG 262, and nine additional credits in Iberian and/or Latin American geography and history, and/or ENG 457 and 458 and/or other courses by advisement are required.

In addition to these courses, students of Spanish have an opportunity to study for a summer, a term, or an entire academic year in a Spanish-speaking country.

Certification for grades K-12, French (see Secondary Education French).

Certification for grades K-12, Spanish (see Secondary Education Spanish).

Required in either French, German, or Spanish: Credits to be divided among nine required credits (FR/GER/SPAN 152, 251, and 252), nine credits of 200-level courses, and three credits of 300-level courses.


Offering students an opportunity to study film from various points of view ranging from the aesthetic approach to an investigation of film's philosophical or sociological content. Gives students the opportunity to study film critically and to have a hands-on experience in film making.


*As a general policy, students who have received credit for a 151- or 251-level course in French, German, or Spanish are not advised to take the respective 150- or 250-level courses. If students in this situation do decide to take these courses, however, they may receive only three credits for them, i.e., the three credits they would normally receive for a 152- or 252-level course.


See statement on Study Abroad-International Education.