Minor in Foreign Languages
The Foreign Languages Minor is a combination of any two languages offered by the Department (i.e., French & Arabic, Spanish & Italian, Arabic & Spanish), with emphasis on one language in particular in which a student might already have some preparation. It requires 18 combined credits, at least 12 of which must be above the elementary level, and must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages. Students may transfer up to 6 credits towards the Foreign Languages minor from study abroad or other universities.
Which course should I start with?
If you have studied a language in high school or you speak a language at home as a first or second language, you may not need to take elementary or even intermediate language courses. Consult the Department's placement guidelines, take the Spanish placement test, or speak to a professor to determine the level that is appropriate for you. Native speakers can not earn credit for elementary-level courses. Students who took the AP test in Spanish or the CLEP test, and international students who graduated from a high school where the language of instruction not English can receive up to 6 credits that count towards a Foreign Languages minor. See the Department Chairperson for more information.
Why Study Foreign Languages?
Languages are key to understanding today's world. With the internationalization of almost all fields, the economic interdependence of the world's nations, and the increasingly multicultural character of American society, there has been an increased demand for multilingual professionals and language teachers at all levels. In addition to being practical, becoming multilingual and multicultural allows for intellectual, esthetic, and personal development. A student who chooses to minor in Foreign Languages at Salem State will be able to find employment opportunities in many areas, including teaching, translating and interpreting, business, government, media, or social services. The combination of two foreign languages with a major in another field further increases the possibilities for graduates.
Through its partnerships with other universities and study abroad providers, Salem State College's Center for International Education offers Arabic study abroad programs in a variety of international locations.