Programs with International Perspectives

We are living in what has been called the "global village," a term which embodies a recognition that economic growth and political stability in the 21st Century will come through cooperative efforts among the nations of the world. Marietta College students will be prepared to thrive in a diverse, global society.

Marietta College is dedicated to promoting global values, and believes that an international perspective is essential for all graduates today.

 

Majors

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program is one of Marietta College's niche programs. Currently, the Program offers a major and a minor. Administratively, the Asian Studies Program is housed in the Department of Modern Languages and uses resources of several departments at the college.

The Asian Studies Program offers a curriculum with a focus on China within its Asian and global contexts, preparing students to live and work in an interconnected world in which Asia is central. Starting with grounding in language and history, students will explore the roots of Asian literature, arts, and religions. Courses in the social sciences and business, focusing on contemporary politics and economics, will develop an understanding of contemporary Asia in a global perspective and help students transition into the world of work.

The coursework of the Asian Studies major organizes courses in four core disciplines: 1) Chinese language (Mandarin), 2) Asian art, 3) Asian history, and 4) Asian literature and culture. The major also includes elective courses in International Business and International Leadership Studies.

You can learn more about the Asian Studies major by clicking here.

International Business

The departments of Modern Languages and of Business and Economics combine to offer the International Business major. The major is available with Chinese, French or Spanish as the language concentration. Students wishing to pursue Japanese or Portuguese as the language concentration should consult the chair of the Department of Business and Economics.

International Leadership Studies

The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business has been designed to allow students to study leadership through a multidisciplinary liberal arts perspective.

The ILS Program Track 1—including study of Chinese, French or Spanish—is designed for students for whom English is their first language. Placement in language courses generally follows the rule that a student with one or two years of a particular language in high school can appropriately enroll in the 101, 102 courses. Students with three to four years should enroll in 201, 202 courses. Further placement techniques will be used to determine the best level of study. Depending on the student’s level of proficiency, the Department of Modern Languages may waive one or more courses in Chinese, French, or Spanish.

The ILS Program Track 2—emphasizing Communication and Writing—is available to students for whom English is not their native tongue. Students wishing to follow Track 2 must obtain written permission of both the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and the Dean of the McDonough Center.

Spanish

The mission of the Department of Modern Languages is to prepare graduates who are linguistically proficient and cultural literate by offering high quality programming leading to a major in Spanish.

 

Minors

Area Studies

Area Studies at Marietta consists of three minors identified with geographic areas with which the College has institutional connections making it possible for students to study in these important parts of the world. The minors offered are Asian Studies, European Studies, and Latin American Studies. In all three minors, students are introduced to the languages, cultures, literatures, politics, economics, and history of the areas. These minors provide excellent complements to any major.

Department of Modern Languages

The department's mission is to prepare graduates who are linguistically proficient and cultural literate by offering high quality programming leading to minors in Spanish, French, Asian Studies, European Studies and Latin American Studies.

Leadership

The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business has been designed to allow students to study leadership through a multidisciplinary liberal arts perspective.

 

Certificate Programs

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is maintained by the Department of Modern Languages and requires the completion of 18 credit hours. Courses include foreign language classes as well as language analysis, language teaching pedagogy, language in the social context, and second language acquisition.