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 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, French, French Foundations, and Teaching English as a Second Language, and Bilingual Education. We also offer courses in English as a Second Language and occasional courses in 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, and speaking and writing skills. Special reading topics and interdisciplinary studies courses complement the foreign language major and minors 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 various 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

33 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

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

SPA-101

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-102

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-202

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-203

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

SPA-299

Intermediate Readings in Spanish

1-3

SPA-301

Spanish Composition, Language, and Culture

3

SPA-302

Spanish Conversation, Language, and Culture

3

SPA-333

Literature of Latin America

3

SPA-334

Literature of Spain

3

SPA-335

U.S. Latino/a Literature

3

SPA-340

National Traditions in the Spanish-Speaking World

3

SPA-342

Latin American Indigenous Studies

3

SPA-350

Transatlantic Literature and Society

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

Notes

For students entering the program with proven proficiency in Spanish language, a maximum of 10 lower-division credits may be waived.

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

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.

Spanish majors may not minor in either Spanish (Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK) or Spanish Foundations (Professional Studies & Enhancements 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

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 12-15 credits from the following:

FRE-101

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-101REV

French Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

FRE-102

French Language and Culture II

4

FRE-201

French Language and Culture III

3

FRE-202

French Language and Culture IV

3

FRE-299

Intermediate Readings in French

1-3

FRE-301

French Composition, Language, and Culture

3

FRE-302

French Conversation, Language, and Culture

3

Notes

Students who have previously taken French must complete the Modern Foreign Language placement test to determine entry level. Students must complete French coursework through, at minimum, FRE-202 (or equivalent by placement test) to be eligible for this minor.

All students must complete 15 units of coursework regardless of placement test results. Students who complete FRE-202 in fewer than 15 credits have the option to take up to 3 credits in Humanities & Fine Arts courses (English, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Theatre & Speech Arts, Music, or Art). ENG-100 and FYS-101 may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Students may elect to minor in French (Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK) or in French Foundations (Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK), but not both.

Students wishing to teach French at the secondary level should 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-101

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-101REV

French Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

FRE-102

French Language and Culture II

4

FRE-201

French Language and Culture III

3

FRE-202

French Language and Culture IV

3

FRE-299

Intermediate Readings in French

1-3

Notes

Students may elect to minor in French (Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK) or in French Foundations (Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK), but not both.

For students entering the program with proven proficiency in French language, a maximum of 10 lower-division credits may be waived.

Spanish Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

 
Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 12-15 credits from the following:

SPA-101

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-101REV

Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

SPA-102

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-202

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-203

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-210

Introduction to Spanish for Healthcare

3

SPA-235

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

3

SPA-299

Intermediate Readings in Spanish

1-3

SPA-301

Spanish Composition, Language, and Culture

3

SPA-302

Spanish Conversation, Language, and Culture

3

SPA-310

Advanced Spanish for Healthcare

3

SPA-332

Film in the Spanish-Speaking World

3

SPA-333

Literature of Latin America

3

SPA-334

Literature of Spain

3

SPA-335

U.S. Latino/a Literature

3

SPA-ELEC

Spanish Elective - Upper Division (300- or 400-level)

3

Notes

Students who have previously taken Spanish must complete the Modern Foreign Language placement test to determine entry level. Students must complete Spanish coursework through, at minimum, SPA-202 (or equivalent by placement test) to be eligible for this minor.

All students must complete 15 units of coursework, regardless of placement test results. Students who complete SPA-202 in fewer than 15 credits have the option to take up to 3 credits in Humanities & Fine Arts courses (English, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Theatre & Speech Arts, Music, or Art). ENG-100 and FYS-101 may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Students may elect to minor in Spanish (Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK) or in Spanish Foundations (Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK), but not both. Spanish majors may not minor in either Spanish or Spanish Foundations.

Students wishing to teach Spanish at the secondary level should 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-101

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-101REV

Spanish Grammar and Phonetics Review

1

SPA-102

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

SPA-202

Spanish Language and Culture III

3

SPA-203

Spanish Language and Culture IV

3

SPA-299

Intermediate Readings in Spanish

1-3

Notes

Students may elect to minor in Spanish (Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK) or in Spanish Foundations (Professional Studies &Enhancements PEAK), but not both. Spanish majors may not minor in either Spanish or Spanish Foundations.

For students entering the program with proven proficiency in Spanish Language, a maximum of 10 lower-division credits may be waived.