The following courses (descriptions taken from the current UTM Catalog) exist in French, German snd Spanish in order to permit our students the flexibility for gaining true linguistic proficiencies immersed in a target second language and culture. They are used in a number of educational contexts, including, but not limited to the activities of the Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education.
300 (500) Intensive Conversation in a Foreign Country (3) In-residence training in the foreign language of the area visited. The course elected must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Research project required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 222, GERM 222, SPAN 222 or equivalent.
360 (560) Studies Abroad (3) In-residence study of the literature, language, or civilization of the area visited. Relevant field trips. Must be approved in advance by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Research paper required for graduate credit. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342, GERM 341 or 342, SPAN 341 or 342.
370 (570) Travel Study (1-3) A combination of travel and study experiences in the U.S. or abroad designed to enrich students' knowledge of the target foreign language and culture. May be taught as an organized study tour under faculty supervision or as an independent travel and study project with prior department approval. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. Research paper required for graduate credit. Students may repeat course with change of topic for maximum of six hours credit. Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages approval must be obtained for travel-study courses to count towards minor, major, or Recognition of Proficiency. Not regularly offered.
401 Foreign Language Internship (3) Utilization of the target foreign language in a monitored work environment. Appropriate placements may be found locally, nationally, or abroad. Students may or may not be paid. Evaluation by both supervising instructor and on-the-job supervisor. Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages approval must be obtained for internships to count towards minor, major, or Recognition of Proficiency. Prereq: FREN 341 or 342.
Majors & Recognition of Proficiency
Majors in foreign languages are required to complete a language immersion experience as approved by the faculty adviser. A Recognition of Proficiency in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish language and culture entails at least 15 hours of upper-division coursework.
Placement & Retro Credit for Proficiency
Students who entered with two or more high school units of Spanish or French, and who wish to continue in the same language, will take the department's placement exam and, based on the results of that exam, will be advised to enroll in 115 or a more advanced class.