Spotlight on Majors: Languages

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Spotlight on Majors: Languages

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     At Ripon College we have a variety of different language study programs. Specifically the programs are separated by Romance and Classical Languages.

      First is the French and Spanish departments which focus on studying oral communication, written word, and the literature of each language. Along with the Spanish program, we feature a Latin American and Caribbean Studies major for students interested in careers in Latin America. This program focuses on the language as well as giving students a well-rounded understanding of Latin American Culture through economics, politics, anthropology, and history.

      Second there is the Latin and Greek portion of the languages program which focuses on roots of the Romance languages. Students study everything from Plato to Homer to Ovid, mythology, etymology, and how to read and write “dead” languages.

     Lastly, is our German program which largely focuses on the language but also studies linguistics, literature, philosophy giving our students a wide array of different experiences with German culture.

    A requirement for students in either the French or Spanish major is a semester studying abroad in a country with the student’s language of study. Students studying French can live with a French family in either Paris or Montpellier. While they live with their host family, they must also attend a university. Students studying Spanish can attend programs in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Alicante, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Brazil. These students also live with a host family and attend a university. If students are unable to travel aboard, there are also Maymester Programs to Spain and France as well, which include locations such as Castilla, Barcelona, and a trip through Southern France.

     Students in the German program are allowed to participate in our University of Bonn program. Students may pick the fall or spring semester or a full year program to go to Germany and attend Bonn University’s Akademisches Auslandsamt which ensures our students are fully integrated into Bonn’s student life and culture.

     Almost all of our language programs feature outside classroom get-togethers and assistance such as open lunch time round table events where students are allowed to come and practice talking to other students and a Professor.  Students besides researching, writing, and reading about their languages are required to participate in a Theatrical language class. Students study and read plays or stories and then create and perform miniature plays/skits for the college. 

If you’re interested in learning more about these programs go online to ripon.edu to see each department’s pages.

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