The Bachelor of Arts degree in French prepares students to excel in graduate school or a wide variety of careers. Our courses, all taught in French, build technical skills while focusing on meaningful communication and engaging content. Grove City College French majors often choose to study abroad or to add a second major in fields such as biology, history, English, communications, or psychology. Students may also conduct research with faculty or design their own independent studies.
While most students begin coursework at the 200 or 300 level, with careful planning it is possible to begin with French 101 in the fall of freshman year and complete the major in four years. Students take 30 credit hours of course requirements in addition to the College core curriculum.
Please refer to the College Bulletin or the major status sheet for complete information regarding major requirements.
In addition to the benefits of the French major, students who major in French leading to K-12 certification in French glean important pedagogical training through Grove City College's Department of Education.
Students working toward this degree complete the state requirements for teacher certification and are equipped to pass the state French exam before graduation. In addition to the 75 credit hours of major coursework, they also teach for a semester in an area school during their senior year. As a result, our majors in French certification graduate with valuable firsthand experience that smooths the transition into a new teaching job.
Please refer to the College Bulletin or the major status sheet for more information.
The Spanish curriculum has been developed to enhance the communicative, cultural, and vocational benefits of language study. The department provides courses that increase language proficiency, prepare students for their professional lives, study the literature of great writers, deal with history and civilization, and illustrate the expanding role of language in the social and political arenas of today’s world.
Spanish majors complete 33 credit hours of course requirements in addition to the College core curriculum. While most Spanish majors begin coursework at the 200 or 300 level, with careful planning it is possible to begin with Spanish 101 in the fall of freshman year and complete the major in four years. If beginning with 100 level classes, the number of required credit hours increase to 45.
Students studying Spanish at Grove City College may also prepare for careers in teaching and education by majoring in Spanish leading to K-12 certification in Spanish. Students in this major complete the full Spanish major as well as significant, practical pedagogy courses.
In addition to the 78 credit hours of major coursework, students participate in real-life teaching situations during field experiences and student teaching. During the student teaching experience, students are mentored by our most experienced faculty. Through activities that combine reading, writing, and listening, language classes are designed to prepare students for their proficiency exams.
The Mandarin Chinese minor offers students the opportunity to combine their major areas of specialization with 18 credit hours of Chinese courses beyond Chinese 101 and 102. Required courses include a minimum of 12 credits selected from Chinese 201, 202, 301, and one or more courses from Chinese 302, Chinese Conversation, or Advanced Chinese Conversation.
Given the importance of cultural understanding and communication in a global environment, the Chinese minor is interdisciplinary and provides students the opportunity to fulfill three credit hours of their requirements by taking ENGL 205, a class on Asian literature.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the minor course requirements for complete information regarding minors.
Students minoring in French complete 18 credit hours of French courses beyond French 101 and 102 (excluding French 362). In addition to the solid communicative skills, students gain a strong understanding of French and Francophone cultures.
The Spanish minor is designed to solidify communication skills while introducing students to the culture of the Hispanic world. This minor includes a large number of electives, giving students the opportunity to explore particular areas of interest.
The Spanish minor consists of 18 hours of Spanish courses beyond the 200 level and includes a class on oral communication, a course on the culture or literature of Spain, and a course on the culture or literature of Latin America. During the first semester, students may also take a course designed to prepare them to transition into advanced language, culture, and literature classes. The remaining requirements are fulfilled by selecting courses from a rich menu of electives offered each semester.
The Spanish for the Professions minor encourages students to make intentional connections between their area of interest and the different facets of Spanish language and culture.
The minor consists of 18 hours of Spanish beyond the 200 level and includes a class on oral communication, an advanced communication course with a professional focus, and a class that explores fields such as business, translation, law, and health. Students are also required to take one course on the culture or literature of Spain and one course on the culture or literature of Latin America. They may take an optional course designed to help them transition into advanced level classes.