What to Expect?

First, choose your POE. Juniata offers POEs in French, German, Russian, and Spanish/ Hispanic cultures. At Juniata, learning the culture, literature, and history of countries where Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and Russian are spoken is just as important as learning the language. So go ahead: explore the world. Studying abroad will expand your global understanding and your opportunities after college.

If you’re interested in a POE outside of the world languages and cultures department, you can pursue a secondary emphasis in Spanish, or earn two degrees thanks to Juniata’s cooperative dual-degree programs with partner institutions in France and Germany. German offerings have recently expanded at Juniata, with students enjoying internships in three German cities and taking part in an intensive German summer program in Vienna, Austria. Juniata also offers K-12 teaching certification in French, German, and Spanish. These are just a few of the reasons that Juniata’s international programs have recently been honored by NAFSA: the National Association of International Educators.

Additionally, Juniata was recently awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—as part of a consortium of 10 Pennsylvania liberal arts colleges— to expand study abroad offerings as well as add language courses not previously offered, among other collaborations.

Regardless of which language(s) you study, fluency in a second language is an immensely marketable skill in the increasingly global economy. In other words, you’ll thrive while traveling or pursuing an international career. But don’t just take our word for it.

Before you Begin

Apply for the Eagles Abroad International Scholarship and take the World Languages Skills Assessment to be placed at the appropriate language level for the fall semester.

"Learning a second language shows that you have more than just practical skills, but are also adaptable, socially aware, and willing to try new things. When I studied abroad in Münster, Germany, I made friends from Thailand, Lubya, Columbia, and Switzerland. The experience was great."

-Heather Wetzel '15 

If you'd like to study a new language...

  • WL 110
  • WL 120

If you plan to build on what you already know...

  • WL 210
  • Conversation and Composition

For both...

  • Converse with native speakers at weekly conversation tables
  • Get involved in World Language clubs for French, German, Russian, and Spanish
  • Study abroad post-freshman year in France, Germany, Mexico, or Russia

Sophomore and Junior Year

Strengthen your expertise in world languages and cultures with a variety of courses and experiences that span the globe and centuries:

  • World Language literature courses
  • Civilization and culture courses
  • Advanced language courses
  • Cultural analysis courses
  • International film courses
  • Semester and junior year study abroad
  • Internships
  • Qualify for the Education Department's certification program
  • Begin to think about senior projects for graduation with distinction!

Senior Year

  • Advanced language, literature, and culture courses
  • Teacher preparation course and student teaching semester
  • Deliver Language In Motion cultural presentations at local schools
  • Complete senior project for graduation with distinction
  • Earn a dual degree from Juniata and a university abroad

Courses

WL-201   Language in Motion (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H,I,CS) Section 01. The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After attending workshops on topic identification and development and on presentation techniques, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. The course is graded pass-fail. Section 02. The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After attending workshops on topic identification and development and on presentation techniques, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. Students receive letter grades. Prerequisite: Permission.

WL-202   Language in Motion (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H,I,CS) See WL201 Prerequisites: WL201. The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers and attending a Special Topics workshop, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. The course is graded pass-fail. Section 02. The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers and attending a Special Topics workshop, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. Students receive letter grades. Prerequisite: Permission.

WL-203   Language in Motion (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H,I,CS) See WL201. Prerequisites: WL201 and WL202. The course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and two host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. The course is graded pass-fail. Section 02. The course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and two host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. Students receive letter grades. Prerequisite: Permission.

WL-204   Language in Motion (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H,I,CS) See WL201. The pass-fail course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and the selected host teacher to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. The course is graded pass-fail. Section 02. The course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and the selected host teacher to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms. Students receive letter grades. Prerequisites: WL201 and WL202 and WL203.

WL-303   Sociolinguistics (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; CA,H,I) This undergraduate course is meant to encourage you to reflect on how language functions in society. We will consider a subset of topics relevant to sociolinguistics, among them dialect variation (e.g., regional, social, ethnic); language ideology and language prejudice; and linguistic debates in education. We will consider linguistic communities across the United States. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109 and Junior or Senior standing.

WL-398   Methods for Foreign Language Education (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; S,CS) This course is for students interested in teaching foreign languages or English as a foreign language or second language (ESL). This course provides a thorough introduction to contemporary theories and methods of language pedagogy. Students seeking K-12 certification in foreign languages may take this course instead of ED420 after studying abroad. It may also be taken by those students who have an interest in teaching English abroad. International students who are here a semester or a year should also consider taking this course. Prerequisites: ED110 and ED111 and ED130 and ED240.

WL-490   World Language Internship (Variable; Variable; 2.00-9.00 Credits; H,I) See " Internships " in the catalog.

WL-495   Internship Seminar (Variable; Variable; 2.00-6.00 Credits; H,I) See " Internships " in catalog.