Phone: (423) 439-4264
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang
The Department of Literature and Language offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish designed to give the student a working knowledge of a language in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to help create in students an appreciation and understanding of languages and cultures other than their own. In addition to the cultural objective and personal satisfaction, the student will find that foreign language study is an aid in scientific study, business, foreign trade, travel, and international politics.
Several programs of study leading to the B.A. in foreign languages are available. The traditional major, with concentrations in French, German, or Spanish, emphasizes the liberal arts training needed in a variety of jobs. These include library or museum work, general business, and teaching. These curricula are designed to help prepare students for employment in fields where knowledge of a foreign language is of particular advantage. In addition to the General Education Core Requirements, there are degree requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences outlined in the earlier pages of this section.
Placement–Placement in the appropriate level of foreign language, for those students with prior language experience entering ETSU, will be determined pursuant to the published policy statement of the Department of Literature and Language at ETSU. The statement is available on the departmental web site as well as from university offices such as the Advisement Resources Career Center. It is reprinted below:
Department of Literature and Language
Students entering ETSU and wishing to enroll in basic language courses will be placed according to their previous experience with the language.
- Our placement guidelines are as follows:
- ONE YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETED: Registration in 1020 is recommended.
- TWO YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETED: Registration in 2010 is recommended.
- THREE YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETED: Registration in 2020 is recommended.
- FOUR YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETED: Students in this category have two options: (a) take one course taught in the target language at the 3000 or the 4000 level; (b) take the CLEP test and pass it with a sufficiently high score to receive four semesters of college credit.
A minimum grade of C- (70%) is required in 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 to be able to take the next level of class in any foreign language. A student who gets any grade from D+ (69%) to F (59% and below) will have to retake that particular course in order to advance to the next level.
Laboratory Requirements–As part of the requirements for course credit for the 1000 and 2000 levels of foreign language study, students must complete online language laboratory work as assigned by instructor.
Foreign Students–International students whose native language is not English and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL) may substitute scores that meet the admissions requirements for the foreign language requirement. Transfer Students–Students transferring to ETSU and wishing to receive a major or a minor in a foreign language must complete at least 12 hours of upper division courses for the major or nine hours of upper division courses for the minor at ETSU.
Transfer Students–Students transferring to ETSU and wishing to receive a major or a minor in a foreign language must complete at least 12 hours of upper division courses for the major or nine hours of upper division courses for the minor at ETSU.
Requirements for the different programs are as follows:
Traditional major in foreign languages, with concentrations in French, German, or Spanish - A minimum of 33 credit hours above the 1000 level, in the language of the concentration.
Coursework should be planned in consultation with the major advisor. Exit requirements for the major include only an exit exam.
All foreign language majors also require a minor. Students may select a minor from a number of fields that will enhance their professional opportunities, such as business, communications, criminal justice, film studies, health education, history, international studies, political science, sociology, urban studies, or a second foreign language.