Department Chair: Sarah DeMaris, Ph.D.
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Classics, B.A. (two tracks: classical language and literature, classical civilization
Valpo offers many interdisciplinary programs with an international focus that complement a foreign language major: International Service, International Economics & Cultural Affairs, Valparaiso International Engineering Program, International Business, Enhanced International Business in German, Modern European Studies, and Chinese and Japanese Studies are among them.
Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center:
The Kade-Duesenberg House is a living and learning center. Up to thirteen students of German reside in the house in a community setting: they prepare meals together and speak German with each other.
Language Resource Center:
The Language Resource Center provides tutoring and other resources for language study as well as opportunities for authentic language use through conversation programs, enrichment activities and other exchanges. The LRC is housed in a brand new facility, located in the Arts and Sciences Building, and includes various study resources, a film lending library, a lounge and study space, access to international TV, a kitchenette, and an open computer lab with language-specific tools. In the LRC, students will discover a welcoming setting with a global focus where all Valpo language learners, including international students, can cultivate intercultural understanding and connections.
Student Excellence In Competition:
Valpo students have the opportunity to compete in such events as the National Latin Translation Examination sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi, the national student honor society for classicists. Two of Valpo’s Latin students recently placed third and fourth in this national competition.
Degree, Skills or Experience Needed for Beginning a Job in This Field:
Students majoring in a foreign language are encouraged to develop a complementary skill: teacher certification, basic business, economics, or journalism, for example. Few jobs requiring foreign language proficiency require only skill in a foreign language.
Kinds of Work Available to Graduates in this Major:
Teaching, international trade, international relations, international banking and investment, Foreign Service, translation, government agencies, study-abroad organizations, politics, advertising, export/import, airlines, social work, ministry, broadcasting-television/radio, travel and tourism, museum work, publishing, health services, journalism, historian, librarian, missionary.
Potential Hiring Institutions:Corporations involved in international trade, middle and secondary schools, colleges/universities, churches, bilingual education programs, government agencies, banking and investment houses, social concerns agencies, publishing houses, global political and economic organizations, airlines, travel agencies, hospitality industry (cruises, hotels, motels, resorts), museums and historical societies.
Valpo Foreign Languages and Literatures majors have pursued advanced degrees in quality programs at schools such as Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and Thunderbird School of International Management. Many classics majors have enrolled in seminary programs.
Valpo Foreign Language students in French, German and Spanish have the opportunity to work as language instructors in the “ Bridges to World Languages” program, a partnership between VU and Valparaiso Community Schools. In this after-school program, VU language students teach French, German and Spanish to 4th and 5th grade students. Valpo students are also involved numerous language clubs and honor societies: East Asian Club, German Club, French Club, Japanese Club, Spanish Club, Delta Phi Alpha – German National Honor Society, Eta Sigma Phi – Classical Languages Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi – French National Honor Society, and Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish National Honor Society. Club activities include attending and/or sponsoring foreign films, informal conversation groups, foreign cooking, trips to Chicago for museum visits, plays, dinners, etc.
Valpo offers internship opportunities in both Europe and Asia. A cooperative education program is also available for on-site work experience.
Valpo sponsors 14 study-abroad programs to China, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, England, Mexico, and Namibia, and has links with numerous other study-abroad opportunities.
Recent Graduates with majors in Foreign Languages & Literatures include:
High school foreign language teachers; pastors; college and university professors at Ohio State University, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, and Concordia University; vice-president for administration, International Securities Trading Firm; finance manager at French-American School Exchange Program; democracy officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development; lawyer with the international division of a major hotel chain; international marketing assistant with a multinational corporation; assistant vice-president of a major U.S. bank; an employee of Visa International; an employee of a major German bank; Peace Corps workers.