Modern Foreign Languages

Major: Spanish
Minors: French, Spanish

Mission of the Modern Foreign Languages program at Mars Hill University
The Modern Foreign Languages program plays an integral role in students’ liberal arts education by: preparing life-long learners to live and work in multi-lingual societies; connecting students to the languages, cultures, and literatures of Spanish- and French-speaking communities; facilitating an appreciation of other ways of “thinking and doing” in the community, the region, and the world.

Description of the Modern Foreign Languages program at Mars Hill University
Students taking Modern Foreign Languages at Mars Hill University study second languages, literatures and cultures in an inviting setting. Foreign language classes at Mars Hill University are small and enable students to attain the linguistic skills that are increasingly necessary in our more globally connected world. Closely connected with a rigorous study of the Liberal Arts, students who major or minor in Spanish or minor in French at Mars Hill University develop life-long skills that allow them to appreciate and understand the many ways people of other cultures think, live, and communicate. In addition they attain the fundamental ability to contribute a multilingual perspective to their field of work upon graduation. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate schools in Language, Business, Pharmacy and Comparative Literature, among others. They have become teachers in public and private schools, traveled abroad after graduation to pursue employment or further their education in another country, and used their language skills as interpreters.

The faculty members in the Modern Foreign Language program study and teach the languages, cultures and literatures of the Spanish- and French-speaking countries of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Either native speakers or equipped with extensive and in-depth knowledge of their professional fields as a result of living, working, researching, and traveling abroad, the professors are passionate about teaching. With small class sizes, faculty work closely with students to help them successfully understand, interpret, and communicate the vital place of Spanish, Latin American, Central American, French and Francophone languages, literatures, and cultures in today’s world. They all have attained graduate degrees from top-rated universities and bring that knowledge to the students of Mars Hill University.

Many students who major or minor in Spanish or minor in French and combine a degree, for example, in Business, Social Work, Political Science, International Studies, or Biology have an excellent preparation for post-graduate work and/or jobs in medicine, international organizations, government, business or law. A foreign language minor in French or Spanish is seen as increasingly desirable for many employers in today’s job marketplace. Employers are often more likely to hire those with exposure to and experience in a second language, culture, and literature.

Studying abroad while a student at Mars Hill University is highly recommended for French and Spanish majors and minors. Mars Hill University provides many opportunities to study abroad in French and Spanish speaking countries. Faculty members and the study abroad office work closely with the students to find a program that suits their academic as well as financial needs. Recently, students have studied in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain.