Minors: French, Spanish
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. French and Spanish classes 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 pursue a major or a minor in our program 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.
Many students who major in Spanish combine a degree, for example, in Business, Social Work, Political Science, International Studies, or Biology. They receive excellent preparation for post-graduate work and/or jobs in medicine, international organizations, government, business or law. Likewise, 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 is highly recommended for majors and minors in our program. 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.
A degree in Spanish opens the doors to many jobs in a variety of sectors, including:
Education: Spanish teacher, bilingual educator, English as a Second Language teacher, curriculum specialist, teacher trainer, GED instructor, multicultural education & outreach, Teach for America volunteer, textbook publishing company copy editor, marketer or development specialist
Service: translator/interpreter, social worker, community outreach specialist, youth services, client services coordinator, events logistical liaison, various positions in non-profits and non-governmental organizations, income tax consultant, museum work, historian, researcher, law enforcement, public health, nursing, medicine, legal assistant, paraprofessional, travel agent, tour guide, cultural events coordinator
Government: translator/interpreter, court interpreter, cultural attaché, research associate, foreign service diplomat, immigration specialist, US customs officer, intelligence specialist (FBI, CIA, DEA), volunteer for service programs (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or VISTA, etc.), various positions in Agency for International Development; Department of Treasury, Census Bureau, Armed Forces, etc.
Communications: translator/interpreter, journalist, TV/radio/web writer or editor, production crew member, executive, technician, advertiser for Spanish-speaking markets, publishing editor or specialist
Business: translator/interpreter, bilingual customer support, international relations consultant, personnel manager, recruiter, administrative assistant, business development manager, researcher, technical writer, fashion buyer, medical research writer, liaison for U.S. firms abroad, liaison for foreign firms in U.S., marketing, advertising, sales, public relations, international law, banking, import/export firms, airport and airline personnel, booking/reservations, management in travel industry, restaurants or hotels.
For details, contact Prof. Gordon Hinners, MFL Program Coordinator
Why study a foreign language?