Academic Departments and Programs

Modern Foreign Languages

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at The College of Idaho helps students develop cross-cultural understanding and linguistic abilities to communicate effectively. By studying Chinese, French, German, Spanish, or English as a Second Language at the C of I, you will learn how to communicate successfully and develop a deeper understanding of cultures in our world.

Why study Modern Foreign Languages at The College of Idaho?

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages offers a Spanish major and minors in Spanish, Spanish Foundations, German, German Foundations, French, French Foundations and Teaching English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Education. We also offer courses in English as a Second Language and Chinese.

Lower-division language courses center on developing communicative proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing, as well as on increasing cultural awareness. Upper-division courses focus on literature, film, and culture and help students to develop analytical thinking, research, speaking and writing skills. Special reading topics and interdisciplinary studies courses complement the foreign language major and minor by encouraging students to integrate other majors and minors with language study.

Many students also enhance their MFL major or minor through study abroad programs. The department offers off-campus study programs in France, Germany, and multiple Spanish-speaking countries on a rotating basis. Students also study internationally through approved program providers.

In addition to small classes, caring professors, and motivated classmates, the C of I's diverse community offers students the opportunity to interact regularly with native speakers. Approximately 11 percent of our student body consists of international students from more than 40 countries. The community surrounding the C of I also offers students access to native speaking communities, as well as cultural events, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Career Opportunities for C of I Modern Foreign Languages Students

Understanding multiple languages and cultures offers students many professional opportunities in today's global society. A foreign language major or minor prepares students for success in a variety of career fields and future endeavors: graduate studies, education, foreign service work, business, social work, public service, law, journalism, and health professions.

Majors

Spanish Major

Spanish Major

33 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 30 credits (15 crs must be upper division) from the following:

SPA-131

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-132

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-232

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-233

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

SPA-299

Intermediate Readings in Spanish

1-3

SPA-330

Spanish Composition and Conversation I

3

SPA-331

Spanish Composition and Conversation II

3

SPA-333

Literature in Latin America

3

SPA-334

Literature of Spain

3

SPA-337

Spanish for Business I

3

SPA-338

Spanish for Business II

3

SPA-340

National Traditions in the Spanish-Speaking World

3

SPA-345

U.S. Latino/A Literature

3

SPA-399T.2

Latin America Today

3

SPA-399T.4

Human Rights for the First Generation

3

SPA-437

Spanish Literature and Society: Narrative and Film

3

SPA-438

Spanish Literature and Society: Poetry, Drama, and Song

3

SPA-490

Spanish Major Capstone

1

Fine Arts Requirement

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Students pursuing Spanish major must complete the Spanish major capstone (SPA-490) and major portfolio.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Indicators 1.3, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, and 5.2 as described in Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]) and "Advanced Mid" Spanish proficiency of the ACTFL Guidelines (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).
  • The study of Spanish language, culture, and literature enhances student competency in critical thinking, analytical writing, problem solving, and written communication by requiring students to perceive, process, and articulate ideas within a linguistic and cultural framework different from their own.

Notes: Students who elect a major in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or living in a community where Spanish is dominant.

Students who elect to major in the Spanish Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK may not minor in the Spanish Foundations Professional PEAK.

Students wishing to teach Spanish at the secondary level must complete the Spanish major and MFL/EDU-444.1 and MFL/EDU-445.1. Please consult with the Education Department for specific certification requirements.

Minors

French Minor

24 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 21 credits (6 crs must be upper division) from the following:

FRE-111

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-111REV

French Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

FRE-112

French Language and Culture II

4

FRE-211

French Language and Culture III

3

FRE-212

French Language and Culture IV

3

FRE-311

French Composition and Conversation II

3

FRE-312

French Composition and Conversation I

3

Complete 3 credits from the following Fine Art courses:

ART-230

Introduction to Sculpture

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

MUS-111

Introduction to Music Literature

3

THE-115

Introduction to Theatre

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film Studies

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Indicators 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, and 4.2 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]) and "Intermediate-High" language proficiency of the ACTFL Guidelines (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985). 

Notes: Even the most rigorous domestic courses in Modern Foreign Languages are not a substitute for immersion in a community where the target language is dominant. Students who elect a minor in Modern Foreign Languages are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or living in a community where their target language is dominant.

Students may elect to minor in the French Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK OR the French Foundations Professional PEAK, but not both.

Students wishing to teach a modern foreign language at the secondary level shall complete the language minor and MFL-444 Second Language Acquisition Theory & Practice and MFL-445 Foreign Language, ESL & Bilingual Methods as well as completing the requirements for a first teaching field in another content area. Please consult with the education department for specific certification requirements.

French Foundations Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

FRE-111

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-111REV

French Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

FRE-112

French Language and Culture II

4

FRE-211

French Language and Culture III

3

FRE-212

French Language and Culture IV

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Indicators 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, and 4.1 (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]).
  • Intermediate-Mid French language proficiency (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985). 

German Minor

24 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 21 credits (6 crs must be upper division) from the following:

GER-121

German Language and Culture I

4

GER-121REV

German Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

GER-122

German Language and Culture II

4

GER-223

German Language and Culture III

3

GER-224

German Language and Culture IV

3

GER-299

Intermediate Readings in German

1-3

GER-321

German Composition and Conversation I

3

GER-322

German Composition and Conversation II

3

Complete 3 credits from the following Fine Art courses:

ART-230

Introduction to Sculpture

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

MUS-111

Introduction to Music Literature

3

THE-115

Introduction to Theatre

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film Studies

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Indicators 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, and 4.2 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]) and "Intermediate-High" language proficiency of the ACTFL Guidelines (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).

Notes: Even the most rigorous domestic courses in Modern Foreign Languages are not a substitute for immersion in a community where the target language is dominant. Students who
elect a minor in Modern Foreign Languages are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or living in a community where their target language is dominant.

Students may elect to minor in the German Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK OR the German Foundations Professional PEAK, but not both.

German Foundations Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

GER-121

German Language and Culture I

4

GER-121REV

German Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

GER-122

German Language and Culture II

4

GER-223

German Language and Culture III

3

GER-224

German Language and Culture IV

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Indicators 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, and 4.1 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]).
  • Intermediate-Mid German language proficiency (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).

Note: Students may elect to minor in the German Foundations Professional PEAK OR the German Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK, but not both.

Spanish Minor

24 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits
 
Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 21 credits (6 crs must be upper division) from the following:

SPA-131

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-131REV

Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

SPA-132

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-232

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-233

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

SPA-299

Intermediate Readings in Spanish

1-3

SPA-330

Spanish Composition and Conversation I

3

SPA-331

Spanish Composition and Conversation II

3

Complete 3 credits from the following Fine Art courses:

ART-230

Introduction to Sculpture

3

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

MUS-111

Introduction to Music Literature

3

THE-115

Introduction to Theatre

3

THE-200

Introduction to Film Studies

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Indicators 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, and 4.2 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]) and "Intermediate-High" language proficiency of the ACTFL Guidelines (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).

Notes: Even the most rigorous domestic courses in Modern Foreign Languages are not a substitute for immersion in a community where the target language is dominant. Students who
elect a minor in Modern Foreign Languages are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study abroad or living in a community where their target language is dominant.

Students may elect to minor in the Spanish Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK OR the Spanish Foundations Professional PEAK, but not both.

Students wishing to teach a modern foreign language at the secondary level shall complete the language minor and MFL-444 Second Language Acquisition Theory & Practice and MFL-445 Foreign Language, ESL & Bilingual Methods as well as completing the requirements for a first teaching field in another content area. Please consult with the education department for specific certification requirements.

Spanish Foundations Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

SPA-131

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-131REV

Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

SPA-132

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-232

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-233

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Indicators 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, and 4.1 of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 3rd. Ed. [1999]).
  • Intermediate-Mid" Spanish language proficiency (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 1983, Revised 1985).

Note: Students may elect to minor in the Spanish Foundations Professional PEAK OR the Spanish Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK, but not both. Spanish majors may not minor in the Spanish Professional Foundations PEAK or the Spanish Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK.