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DEPARTMENT OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES AND MODERN LANGUAGES

The Spanish major builds a student’s verbal and written Spanish communication through language and grammar practice. Students will receive an overview of Spanish-speaking cultures through study of literature and history. This major is designed for the student who wishes to pursue ministry or a career in a Spanish-speaking country or with Spanish speakers in the United States.

See the Bachelor of Science in Education program for information on the Spanish elementary subject concentration, middle level content teaching area, and secondary subject concentration.

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) major is specifically designed for non-education majors (who are not interested in obtaining state K-12 teaching certification) preparing the student to teach ESL in international contexts or in adult ESL programs in universities, refugee centers, or community centers in the United States. The student majoring in TESOL is equipped to teach through foundational courses in education and intercultural studies, as well as a range of courses specifically geared to train the TESOL major to teach English as a Second Language. In addition, the TESOL major participates in a second language learning experience of his/her own, a process which enhances the TESOL major’s practical knowledge and experience with second language acquisition. A practicum in teaching ESL rounds out the TESOL major’s experience by providing hands-on opportunities to work with ESL students.

In addition to the TESOL major, the program offers a minor (for non-education majors), a subject concentration and a supplemental endorsement (for elementary education majors), and a subject endorsement (for secondary education majors).

See the Bachelor of Science in Education program for information on the ELL/ESL elementary subject concentration, supplemental endorsement and secondary subject endorsement.

The World and Intercultural Studies major is a wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary degree which will give students a broad perspective on the world. After being equipped with the foundational core courses, students can choose courses from at least two academic tracks, focusing on ideas and issues that are most important or relevant to the student’s interests. The major is designed for students with interests in international service, communication, world and domestic missions, language and cultural studies. This major reinforces Concordia’s mission to serve diverse populations in the church and world.

In addition to the major in World & Intercultural Studies, the program offers a minor (for non-education majors), a subject concentration (for elementary education majors), and a subject endorsement (for secondary education majors). See the Bachelor of Science in Education program for more information on the World and Intercultural Studies elementary subject concentration and secondary subject endorsement.      

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Majors                                                       

Spanish
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
World and Intercultural Studies

Minors

ASL (American Sign Language)
ELL/ESL (English as a Second Language)
Mandarin
Spanish
World and Intercultural Studies

Minors are available to all students. Minors are not available in an area similar to student’s major. 

Supplemental Endorsement

See the Bachelor of Science in Education for more information on the Mandarin subject concentration and subject endorsement and American Sign Language Supplemental Endorsement.

Bachelor of Arts

Spanish

  • Span 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
  • Span 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
  • Span 203 Intensive Spanish Conversation 3
  • Span 204 Intensive Spanish Composition 3
  • Span 321 Spanish Civilization and Culture or Span 331 Latin American Culture 3
  • Span 341 Introduction to Hispanic Literature* 3
  • Span 342 Intro. to Analysis Hispanic Literature* 3
  • Upper Level courses which may include: 15

Span 305 Advanced Grammar & Composition (3)
Span 321 Spanish Civilization & Culture or Span 331 Latin American Culture (3)
Upper-level electives (study abroad, etc.) (9)

*Students who complete an approved study abroad program for an entire semester will have the required hours reduced by 6 hours to 30 hours. A student who completes an approved summer program of at least 6 hours credit will have the required hours reduced by 3 to 33 hours. Students with 3-4 years of Spanish in high school may be able to enroll directly in Span 201.

Total Hours: 36

TESOL                                                                             

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  

*Modern language hours can be fulfilled by taking Spanish, Mandarin, or ASL course on campus, or through an approved study abroad modern language program or approved modern language course from another university.
**Self-directed study which involves an approved program of research and experience with special issues related to ESL students. This capstone project requires the submission of an activity log, journal, and reflection paper, as well as an oral presentation to highlight what has been learned.

Total Hours: 42

World and Intercultural Studies                                              

World and Intercultural Studies Core (27 hrs)

  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Geog 202 World Geography 3
  • Eng 384 World Literature III* or Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • HHP 489 Global Health (with service learning trip)** 3
  • PS 211 Global Issues 3
  • Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions 3
  • Modern Language course choices 6

*May be replaced with Eng 382 World Literature II if needed.
**May be replaced with a GMC Missions course

World and Intercultural Studies Tracks (18 hrs)

Select 12 hours from one of the following tracks and 6 hours from other tracks:

Intercultural Ministries Track

  • Soc 335 Sociology of Religion (IS) 3
  • Theo 375 Christian Denom. & Religious Move. 3
  • Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism 3
  • Theo 399 Evangelism Visitation (IS) 1
  • Theo 450 Understanding & Teaching the Bible 3
  • Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World 3
  • GMC 270 Mission of God 3
  • GMC 280 Missional Leadership 3
  • GMC 290 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (w/trip) 3

Language Studies Track

  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language 3
  • Eng 431 Language and Linguistics 3
  • EDUC 425A ESL Foreign Lang. Instruc./Curr./Asmt. 3
  • EDUC 425B ESL Foreign Lang. Instruc./Curr./Asmt. 3
  • Modern Language course choices 3 

Regional Studies Track

Societal and Global Topics Track

Up to two track courses can be substituted with program director permission.

Capstone Experience (3 hrs)

Self-directed study with at least 60 hours spent in an approved international or intercultural practicum experience.              

Total Hours: 48

Minors

English as a Second Language

  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language 3
  • Eng 431 English Language and Linguistics 3
  • Educ 425a ESL/Foreign Lang. Instruc./Curr./Asmt. 3
  • Educ 425b ESL/Foreign Lang. Instruc./Curr./Asmt. 3
  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Educ 398 ESL Practicum 3
  • Modern Foreign Language choice 6

Total Hours: 24

Mandarin

Chns 301 Advanced Mandarin I (3)
Chns 302 Advanced Mandarin II (3)
Chns 321 Chinese Culture (taught in Mandarin) (3)
Chns 341 Introduction to Reading in Mandarin (3) 

Total Hours: 18

Spanish (Minor)  

18 hours of an approved, specific sequence of courses. Courses will vary, depending upon the student’s preparation. Students with little or no Spanish background will begin with Span 101. Those with two or more years of high school Spanish will begin with Span 102 or Span 201.

Total Hours: 18

World and Intercultural Studies 

  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Geog 202 World Geography 3
  • Eng 384 World Literature III* or Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • HHP 489 Global Health (with service learning trip)** 3
  • PS 211 Global Issues 3
  • Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions 3
  • Modern Language course choice 3

*May be replaced with Eng 382 World Literature II if needed.
**May be replaced with a GMC Missions course 

Total Hours: 24