Foreign Languages

FACULTY Professor Dille (emeritus); Associate Professors Cisneros, Harris, Hertich, Portocarrero, Sconduto (chair), Walker (emeritus); Temporary Assistant Professor Hagen; Lecturer Kessler; Temporary Lecturer Botero-Moriarty.

The Department of Foreign Languages offers training in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, and Spanish. The courses offered include elementary, intermediate, and advanced language classes, literature, culture, general linguistics, translation, interpretation, and classes relating language to business. Many of the department’s students elect a double major/minor with other disciplines in order to enhance capabilities for careers in education, international business or industry, and cultural or social services.

Students who wish to continue the same foreign language at the university level that they studied in high school must take the departmental placement exam. The test should be taken prior to course enrollment and is administered by the secretary of the foreign languages department. Students who place at the 200 level or above cannot receive credit for a course lower than that at which they place. They are permitted to enroll for credit in a course higher than where they placed. Credit is not given on a transcript for courses below the placement level. The only exceptions to this rule are for Advanced Placement credit or CLEP credit, and approved credit must appear on the transcript before a student enrolls in a foreign language course.

Language Requirements For The B.A. Degree

The B.A. degree requires completion of a 202 or 300-level foreign language course. Only three hours of foreign language are required if the student places at the 202 level or above; as many as 14 hours may be required if the student has less proficiency.

Language Majors

The department offers a major in French and Spanish and a minor in French, German, and Spanish.

Major Requirements

French

Students majoring in French must complete a minimum of 24 hours of credit in French at the 300 level or above. In consultation with their French advisor, their French courses must include the following:

  • FLF 303 Composition (prerequisite for other 300-level courses)
  • FLF 304 Conversation
  • FLF 320 Phonetics
  • One Literature Course: FLF 325, FLF 340, or FLF 341
  • One Civilization Course: FLF 322 or FLF 321
  • Three Electives

In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all French courses, with the exception of the practicum FLF 492, in which they must receive a P. Twelve hours of credit must be taken at Bradley, three of which must be taken during the senior year. Study abroad is also highly recommended.

Spanish

Students majoring in Spanish must complete a minimum of 24 hours of credit in Spanish at the 300 level or above, in consultation with their Spanish advisor. Spanish courses must include the following:

  • FLS 303 Composition
  • FLS 304 Conversation
  • FLS 325 Introduction to Literature
  • One Linguistics Course: FLS 320
  • One Peninsular Literature Course: FLS 340 or FLS 341
  • One Latin American Literature Course: FLS 342 or FLS 343
  • One Civilization Course: FLS 321 or FLS 322
  • One Elective

In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all Spanish courses, with the exception of FLS 492, in which they must receive a P. Twelve hours of credit must be taken at Bradley, three of which must be taken during the senior year. Study abroad is also highly recommended.

Minor Requirements

French

For the French minor, requirements are a minimum of 18 hours of credit in French at the 300 level or above, with at least nine of the hours to be taken at Bradley, and approval by the foreign language advisor. In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all French courses, with the exception of FLF 492, in which they must receive a P.

German

For the German minor, requirements are a minimum of 18 hours of credit in German at the 300 level or above, with at least six of the hours to be taken at Bradley, and approval by the foreign language advisor. Foreign study required to complete the minor.  In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all German courses, with the exception of FLG 492, in which they must receive a P.

Spanish

For the Spanish minor, requirements are a minimum of 18 hours of credit in Spanish at the 300 level or above, with at least nine of the hours to be taken at Bradley, and approval by the foreign language advisor. Their Spanish courses must include the following:

  • FLS 303 Composition
  • FLS 304 Conversation
  • One Peninsular Literature Course: FLS 340 or FLS 341
  • One Latin American Literature Course: FLS 342 or FLS 343
  • One Civilization Course: FLS 321 or FLS 322
  • One Elective

In addition, students must earn a grade of C or better in all Spanish courses, with the exception of FLS 492, in which they must receive a P.

Foreign Study Program

For students interested in studying at a foreign university, programs are available at selected sites abroad. For further information contact the International Programs and Study Abroad Office.