The Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics at Indiana State University is unique within colleges in the
Midwest in its extremely flexible undergraduate program that enables students to tailor their academic program to their individual career plans.
The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in language studies.
The Language Studies Program prepares students for hundreds of career opportunities, enhances each student's resume,
and increases salary potential. There is a high demand for individuals with advanced language proficiency in business and industry.
In addition, teachers of languages, including English as a second language, are in high demand throughout the world.
The program enables students to tailor an academic program to meet their individual career goals - and is particularly suited for students seeking a functional knowledge of more
than one language to enhance their careers - and for students who plan to teach English overseas.
Languages and areas of study include:
Arabic (up to the elementary level; intermediate and advanced levels available through study abroad)
Chinese (up to the elementary level; intermediate and advanced levels available through study abroad)
Japanese (up to the intermediate level; advanced level available through study abroad)
Latin and classical studies
Teaching English as a second language
Students have the option of selecting one language or area - or combining several.
This flexibility allows students to concentrate on one language, to switch languages, to study more
than one language, or to include linguistic study without changing degrees.
Language proficiency is expanded through the University's extensive array of study abroad opportunities, which range from summer programs to a
single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries. Many cost only the equivalent of tuition, room, and board at ISU,
making study abroad an affordable experience. In addition, financial aid and scholarships can be used for ISU programs -
and additional scholarships are available through the office of Academic Programs Abroad. All language studies majors
are required to study abroad.
While the development of language skills is a primary focus, the program also provides a broad education
in language, literature, linguistics, and cultures. In addition to sharpening communicative skills in one or more languages,
the program provides students with the tools of general linguistic, cultural, and literary analysis.
The department sponsors a variety of activities such as conversation tables, international films,
lectures, and field trips to museums, art exhibits, musical performances, restaurants, and cultural sites
in Indiana and Illinois, including Indianapolis and Chicago.
Other opportunities include Phi Sigma Iota (the national foreign language honor society) and Eta Sigma Phi (the national classics honorary society).
Students also may earn the 12-credit TESL/TEFL Certificate (opening opportunities for teaching abroad) or may volunteer as language instructors at local
elementary schools, where they work with teachers and students in a specific language. They may also have opportunities
for internships with practical experience.
The department offers students a state-of-the-art, computerized language laboratory.
Students should be aware that in the case of less commonly taught languages some courses may not be
routinely available on campus. Credit can be earned via appropriate study abroad or transfer work.
Students who enter with a strong language background are eligible to receive credit by examination through
various sources such as the University's placement test or CLEP tests for beginning and intermediate level
credit, and the ACTFL test for advanced level credit.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
Scholarships for study abroad programs are available through the office of Academic Programs Abroad. In addition, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics offers a number of scholarships
Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.
Currently enrolled students should contact the following:
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Indiana State University
Last updated: June 16, 2014
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