Foreign Languages

Through courses in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, the Department of Foreign Languages is integral to the College’s mission to produce creative and critical thinkers with the global perspectives necessary to promote positive change in the world. Our purpose is to graduate students who effectively use the four major skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language; who demonstrate familiarity with various cultures of the world where the target language is spoken; and who demonstrate the critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to function as global citizens. We likewise provide leadership in the internationalization of the College’s curriculum.

The goal of the Department of Foreign Languages is to impart a sense of global community in all students. More so than ever before, students must be aware of other cultures and their multiple ways of understanding the world. To this end, the Department of Foreign Languages considers the study of language and culture as integral to the formation of global citizens.

Beginning at the introductory level, our courses stress communication in the target language. Throughout our curriculum we emphasize culture broadly defined, from the political, social and historical to the artistic and literary. Essential to the foreign language curriculum is study abroad, for no classroom can duplicate the experience of living in another land and interacting in another language. The Foreign Languages Department helps to prepare all students, not just majors and minors, for their study abroad goals. The department’s commitment to global understanding is evident in the many clubs, service projects, language tables, and film festivals we organize. A foreign language major is an excellent choice for any student desiring a career abroad or one that requires interaction with diverse groups of people. Students wishing to pursue careers in health care, human services, business, entertainment or government, will strengthen their portfolio by adding a double major in a foreign language.

DEGREES OFFERED

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in French, German and Spanish.

Foreign Languages Majors

French

Each major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) numbered 200 or above and including at least one 400-level course. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad. Students may do a senior thesis (470) or departmental honors (490) on a topic approved by the department. This will count as one of the eight courses, but will not replace the required 400-level course. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements. Foreign language majors should choose a related field in order to consolidate and complement their major field of study or to enhance career opportunities.

Course prerequisites: Language courses require a specific sequencing. The introductory sequence (100 level) is a prerequisite for the intermediate level; the intermediate sequence (200 level) is a prerequisite for the higher levels.

Note: Courses in English translation cannot count for the French, Spanish or German language and literature majors.

Five French courses at the 200-level or above - 20 credits
FREN 260, FREN 290, FREN 360, FREN 390, FREN 460 with departmental permission

FREN 220 Intro to Literary and Cultural Analysis - 4 credits
Any FREN 300-level course - 4 credits
FREN 360 or FREN 390 with departmental permission.
FREN 400 Senior Seminar - 4 credits

Note: French majors must study abroad in an approved Francophone country. Courses taken abroad can count toward the minimum 32 credits. The department recommends that French majors take at least one course on Francophone Africa or the Caribbean.

Total credits required for A.B. degree in French – 32 credits

German

Each major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) numbered 200 or above and including at least one 400-level course. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad. Students may do a senior thesis (470) or departmental honors (490) on a topic approved by the department. This will count as one of the eight courses, but will not replace the required 400-level course. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements. Foreign language majors should choose a related field in order to consolidate and complement their major field of study or to enhance career opportunities.

Course prerequisites: Language courses require a specific sequencing. The introductory sequence (100 level) is a prerequisite for the intermediate level; the intermediate sequence (200-level) is a prerequisite for the higher levels.

Note: Courses in English translation cannot count for the French, Spanish, or German language and literature majors.

Students choose one of two tracks: German language and literature or German studies. Each track consists of a five-course core taught in German.

Five German courses at the 200-level or above - 20 credits
GERM 260, GERM 290, GERM 360, GERM 390, GERM 460 with departmental permission.

GERM 202 Intermediate German II - 4 credits
Any GERM 300-level course - 4 credits
GERM 460 with departmental permission.
Any GERM 400-level course - 4 credits
GERM 460 with departmental permission. 

Note: German language and literature majors must study abroad in an approved Germanophone country. Courses taken abroad can count toward the minimum 32 credits.

Total credits required for A.B. degree in German language and literature track – 32 credits

German Language and Literature Track

Each major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) numbered 200 or above and including at least one 400-level course. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad. Students may do a senior thesis (470) or departmental honors (490) on a topic approved by the department. This will count as one of the eight courses, but will not replace the required 400-level course. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements. Foreign language majors should choose a related field in order to consolidate and complement their major field of study or to enhance career opportunities.

Course prerequisites: Language courses require a specific sequencing. The introductory sequence (100-level) is a prerequisite for the intermediate level; the intermediate sequence (200-level) is a prerequisite for the higher levels.

Note: Courses in English translation cannot count for the French, Spanish, or German language and literature majors.

Students choose one of two tracks: German language and literature or German studies. Each track consists of a five-course core taught in German.

Five German courses at the 200-level or above - 20 credits
GERM 260, GERM 290, GERM 360, GERM 390, GERM 460 with departmental permission.
GERM 202 Intermediate German II - 4 credits

Any GERM 300-level course - 4 credits
GERM 360 or 390 with departmental permission.
Any GERM 400-level course - 4 credits
GERM 460 with departmental permission.

Note: German language and literature majors must study abroad in an approved Germanophone country. Courses taken abroad can count toward the minimum 32 credits.

Total credits required for A.B. degree in German language and literature track – 32 credits

German Studies

Each major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) numbered 200 or above and including at least one 400-level course. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad. Students may do a senior thesis (470) or departmental honors (490) on a topic approved by the department. This will count as one of the eight courses, but will not replace the required 400-level course. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements. Foreign language majors should choose a related field in order to consolidate and complement their major field of study or to enhance career opportunities.

Course prerequisites: Language courses require a specific sequencing. The introductory sequence (100-level) is a prerequisite for the intermediate level; the intermediate sequence (200-level) is a prerequisite for the higher levels.

Note: Courses in English translation cannot count for the French, Spanish, or German language and literature majors.

Three German courses at the 200-level or above - 12 credits
GERM 260, GERM 290, GERM 360, GERM 390, GERM 460 with departmental permission. 
GERM 202 Intermediate German II - 4 credits

Any GERM 400-level course - 4 credits
GERM 460 with departmental permission. 
Three courses in Munich - 12 credits

Note: German studies track majors must participate in Guilford’s Munich semester abroad program. Students can count up to three courses taught in English toward this track.

Total credits required for A.B. degree in German studies track - 32 credts

Spanish

Each major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) numbered 200 or above and including at least one 400-level course. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad. Students may do a senior thesis (470) or departmental honors (490) on a topic approved by the department. This will count as one of the eight courses, but will not replace the required 400-level course. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements. Foreign language majors should choose a related field in order to consolidate and complement their major field of study or to enhance career opportunities.

Course prerequisites: Language courses require a specific sequencing. The introductory sequence (100-level) is a prerequisite for the intermediate level; the intermediate sequence (200-level) is a prerequisite for the higher levels.

Note: Courses in English translation cannot count for the French, Spanish, or German language and literature majors.

Four Spanish courses at the 200-level or above - 16 credits
SPAN 260, SPAN 290, SPAN 360, SPAN 390, SPAN 460 with departmental permission. 
SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Phonetics - 4 credits (must be taken at Guilford College)

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPAN 310 Contemporary Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 320 Culture and Society: Mexico, Central America and Caribbean - 4 credits
SPAN 322 Culture and Society: South America - 4 credits
SPAN 340 Film, Life and Literature of Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 402 Senior Seminar: Latin America - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPAN 311 Contemporary Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 321 Culture and Society: Golden Age of Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 323 Culture and Society: Beginnings of a Nation - 4 credits
SPAN 403 Senior Seminar: Spain - 4 credits

SPAN 390 Internship - 2 credits
Any SPAN 400-level course taken senior year - 4 credits
SPAN 460 with departmental permission.

Note: Spanish majors must study abroad in an approved Hispanophone country. Courses taken abroad can count toward the minimum 34 credits. Students must complete their internship requirement after studying abroad.

Total credits required for A.B. degree in Spanish – 34 credits

Foreign Languages Minors

French Language and Society

This minor provides access to French and Francophone cultures as well as insights into our own. The program focuses on language-learning as a living, functioning and fun activity, and combines the development of language skills with the discovery of new ways to see and think about different cultures. It fosters international understanding and provides knowledge and skills that are increasingly essential in our evolving global society.

The minor in French language and society is not available to French majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses) at the 200-level or above, all taught in French.

FREN 220 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
FREN 310 Contemporary France - 4 credits
FREN 311 The Francophone World - 4 credits
FREN 315 French and Francophone Cinema - 4 credits
Any French course at the 200-level or above taught in French in a French-speaking country - 4 credits

Two French courses at the 200-level or above - 8 credits
FREN 260, 290, 360, 390, 460 with departmental permission. 
Total credit hours required for French language and society minor – 16 credits

German Language and Society

This minor provides access to German culture as well as insights into our own culture. The program focuses on language-learning as a living, functioning and fun activity, and combines the development of language skills with the discovery of new ways to see and think about different cultures. It fosters international understanding and provides knowledge and skills that are becoming increasingly essential in our evolving global society.

The minor in German language and society is not available to German majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses) at the 200-level or above, all taught in German.

GERM 202 Intermediate German II - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
GERM 310 Contemporary German Culture - 4 credits
GERM 311 German Youth Culture - 4 credits
GERM 320 Culture and SocietyL The Weimar Republic - 4 credits
Or any GERM course at the 200-level or above taught in German in a German-speaking country - 4 credits

Two German courses at the 200-level or above - 8 credits
GERM 260, 290, 360, 390, 460 with department permission.

Total credit hours required for German language and society minor – 16 credits

Japanese Language and Society

This minor provides access to Japanese culture as well as insights into our own culture. The program focuses on language learning as a living, functioning and fun activity, and combines the development of language skills with the discovery of new ways to see and think about different cultures. It fosters international understanding and provides knowledge and skills that are becoming increasingly essential in our evolving global society.

The minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours (five courses).

Four Japanese (JAPN) courses - 16 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
HIST 385 Medieval Japan - 4 credits
HIST 386 Japan: The Road to War - 4 credits
JAPN 220 Women in Modern Japan - 4 credits
JAPN 221 Contemporary Japanese Society - 4 credits
JAPN 310 Media, Gender and Nation in Japan - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for Japanese language and society minor – 20 credits

Spanish Language and Society

This minor provides access to Spanish-speaking cultures as well as insights into our own culture. The program focuses on language-learning as a living, functioning and fun activity and combines the development of language skills with the discovery of new ways to see and think about different cultures. It fosters international understanding and provides knowledge and skills that are becoming increasingly essential in our evolving global society.

The minor in Spanish language and society is not available to Spanish majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Phonetics - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
SPAN 310 Contemporary Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 311 Contemporary Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 340 Film, Life and Literature of Latin America - 4 credits
Any SPAN course at the 200-level or above taught in Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country - 4 credits

CHOOSE TWO COURSES* (8 credits)
*Two SPAN courses at the 200-level or above excluding SPAN 260, 290, 360, 390, 460
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish - 4 credits
SPAN 202 Inter Conversation and Composition - 4 credits
SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish for Business I - 4 credits
SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish for Business II - 4 credits
SPAN 310 Advanced Spanish for Business - 4 credits
SPAN 310 Contemporary Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 311 Contemporary Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 320 Culture and Society: Mexico, Central America and Caribbean - 4 credits
SPAN 321 Culture and Society: Golden Age of Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 322 Culture and Society: South America - 4 credits
SPAN 323 Culture and Society: Beginnings of a Nation - 4 credits
SPAN 340 Film, Life and Literature of Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 342 Latino Culture in the United States - 4 credits
SPAN 402 Senior Seminar: Latin America - 4 credits
SPAN 403 Senior Seminar: Spain - 4 credits
SPAN 250, 350, 450 Special Topics
Total credit hours required for Spanish language and society minor – 16 credits

Foreign Languages at Guilford

Why Foreign Languages at Guilford?

Guilford strives to impart a sense of global community in its students, a goal greatly served by the Foreign Languages Department.

From introductory language classes to cultural explorations taught exclusively in the language of study, Guilford excels. The Foreign Languages Department offers courses in:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Courses put great emphasis on the cultures in which these languages are spoken. Students examine a wide range of aspects from the political, social, and historical to the artistic and literary elements of these cultures.

All students at Guilford, especially those interested in foreign languages, are encouraged to study abroad. Guilford College offers programs around the world providing many opportunities for students to experience diverse cultures.

The Guilford College commitment to community, both on a local and global scale, is evident in the many clubs and activities in which foreign language students are involved. Organizing activities ranging from conversation tables to festivals, Foreign Languages students and faculty are active members of the community.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Study Abroad
All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Approval of the department is necessary to either waive this requirement or to participate in another program abroad.

“I was able to study abroad in Osaka Prefecture in the Fall of 2007. The experience was amazing and I frequently find myself reminiscing and missing being there. My host family didn’t speak any English and I lived in a rural community at the foot of a mountain range, so I was definitely immersed in the culture.” – Heydn Ericson

A few of the programs offered at Guilford:

  • Beijing, China
  • Paris, France
  • Rennes, France
  • Munich, Germany
  • Hirakata, Japan
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Alicante, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain

Internships and Independent Studies

Foreign Languages students may choose to enhance their coursework with an internship and/ or independent study to pursue in depth research or further a particular line of inquiry. Students work closely with faculty to plan their study and conduct research. Seniors have the option of writing a Senior Thesis; one semester is devoted to advanced research and the second to writing.

Guilford students are encouraged to develop a global perspective and Foreign languages students are encouraged to broaden their study through study abroad and opportunities to become involved right here in the international community of Greensboro.

Local internship opportunities:

  • helping to integrate refugees into the community at Lutheran Family Services
  • working for the African Services Coalition and Casa Guadalupe
  • serving as ESL tutors at the Newcomers School, Glenwood library and Reading Connections

Global internship opportunities:

  • Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program
  • Internships at French and Francophone Embassies
  • Greenheart Travel Internships
  • Cultural Embrace Internships in France

Clubs and Organizations:

  • German Club
  • French Club
  • Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG)
  • International Club

Foreign Languages Faculty

Teaching Licensure

K-12 licensure is offered in French and Spanish.

Students can obtain K-12 licensure in French or Spanish by double majoring in the respective language and education studies. Students pursuing these double majors have the same requirements within the Department of Foreign Languages as do other majors. The option of doing a senior thesis is not advisable for students receiving K-12 licensure in a foreign language. Note: Students interested in pursuing a teaching career in German may do so by completing the requirements for the language and literature track in German at Guilford, a minor in education studies, and then acquiring certification at a graduate institution.

Language Laboratory

Beginning language students gain additional language practice in the target language during weekly lab meetings. Students of French, German, and Spanish use Auralog’s Tell Me More software, a sophisticated language learning program that includes speech recognition.

Subtitle Cinema

Welcome!  You’ve just landed at Subtitle Cinema, your destination for foreign films in Greensboro.  All films listed here are free, open to the public, and shown in their original languages [with English subtitles].  Please check the schedule below for this semester’s films, dates, times, and locations.  See the world!  No passport required!

Film Schedule for Fall 2013 

“Monsters, Mayhem and Madness”: German Movies of the Weimar Republic.

All films begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Leak Room, Duke Hall.