The study of modern languages enhances international understanding and prepares students for life and work in a highly connected global society. As many Guilford students compete for jobs internationally, foreign language skills are essential.
Guilford offers Modern Language Studies courses in French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Students learn to listen, speak, read and write in their chosen language, and their skills are honed to make them exceptional communicators who are culturally aware and competent.
Modern Language Studies majors are required to study abroad for a semester, an experience that gives them an invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in their chosen course of study. Studying abroad gives students an authentic cultural experience — from food to art to talking with locals and picking up on their intonation, facial expressions and colloquialisms.
Guilford students must take one semester of a modern language or pass the placement test upon arrival. In their final senior seminar, seniors complete a project that bridges their interests in their chosen language and their second major or minor. This project consists of a research paper and an oral presentation, both in the target language.
In almost all industries, bilingual employees are becoming increasingly more valuable. Industries where your bilingual skills will come in handy include health care, hospitality, education, law enforcement and communications, just to name a few.