Current Course Offerings
The World Languages Department offers in the day program Languages majors and concentrations in ASL/English Interpreting, Chinese, Spanish, World Languages, and International Management. In addition, non-majors are able to secure a minor in Chinese, French, Latin American Studies, or Spanish with the completion of five courses. Department majors have the opportunity to gain certification for the teaching profession by minoring in elementary or secondary education, and completing their practicum during their final semester. The Department also participates in the Post-Baccalaureate Program for students working toward their initial Massachusetts teaching license in Spanish and French, and also advises and oversees the progress of students participating in this program.
The Department oversees the growing number of majors who participate in study abroad programs. A growing number of students with a concentration in Spanish are electing to complete part of their program by studying one or two semesters in either Spain or Latin America. Venues for these programs have included Valencia, Granada, Seville, Salamanca and Barcelona (in Spain), and Costa Rica, Ecuador and Argentina (in Latin America). The Department sponsors a nationally recognized honor society for high achieving students at the undergraduate level: Sigma Delta Pi (the national collegiate Hispanic honor society).
In the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, the World Languages Department offers undergraduate and graduate level courses. Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions to Framingham State University students as well as to students from other colleges and universities, adults from public service organizations, trainees in police training programs, and instructors of other disciplines in public high schools. At the graduate level, the Department offers two master’s degrees: the M.Ed. in Spanish, which secures the professional teaching license primarily for public school teachers complying with the State of Massachusetts’ requirement of advanced study in the discipline, and the M.Ed. in TESL (The Teaching of English as a Second Language), which secures the initial teaching license for students completing the program for accreditation in public TESL programs.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Spanish is designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in Spanish at the graduate level, without regard to employment as teachers, as well as for those who wish to meet state or district requirements for advanced study by teachers. The program leads to the Professional License (Grades 5-12) and presumes preparation in Spanish at the undergraduate level. The scope of the required courses extends beyond those of the undergraduate program in that it includes study and analysis of the canons of Peninsular and Latin American literary/cultural works, as evidenced by the course syllabi and the requirement of the presentation of original, documented research at the conclusion of each course (see individual course syllabi in section XI). For research purposes, Whittemore Library gives students access to the MLA database and interlibrary loan. Additionally, the library has been building our holdings in literary, cultural, and analytical studies that are published yearly around the world. Not only do these requirements require substantial investigative work on the part of the students; they also prepare our students to present their research at symposia and also more casual, in-school gatherings of those engaged in their field of study.
See the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs for more information about the programs, the academic requirements, and course descriptions.