This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Spanish or French. This program will also be useful to those students who want to fulfill the foreign language requirement at a four-year college or university. Students in this curriculum will focus on oral and written communication in the target language.
Students who take the courses recommended in the Spanish/French focus area will be able to:
- use the four communicative skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target language;
- compare Spanish and/or French to the English language;
- compare the culture(s) of regions where the target language is spoken with that of the United States;
- understand the importance of being familiar with other languages and cultures in today’s world.
Modern language majors or minors are typically combined with other fields of specialization to create unique job opportunities, both in the United States and abroad. Some of the areas that may be advantageously linked with modern languages are education, business, social work, health care, journalism, criminal justice and law. Fluency in a second language will enhance job credentials in most fields, as there is a strong demand for individuals with speaking and writing skills in modern languages. A Spanish major or minor will be of great benefit for those seeking employment in parts of the United States with a large Hispanic population or with businesses that deal with Spanish-speaking countries. A French major or minor will be exceptionally helpful in positions that deal with the European Common market, African nations or Southeast Asia.
Preparation for IHCC:
It is recommended that prospective students study as many years as possible of a foreign language in high school. Students find that experience in one foreign language lends facility to the learning of additional languages. It is possible, however, to graduate in this focus area with no previous foreign language experience. A strong English background is very helpful. Students with high school foreign language experience are advised to consult with an IHCC counselor or language instructor to determine appropriate placement.
Students are also advised to familiarize themselves with the foreign language requirements at the college or university to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.