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French and Spanish Majors
  • At Capital University, students can major in French or Spanish through the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students learn to view themselves as global citizens while also realizing their vocational objectives. The World Languages and Cultures faculty has among its goals to help students acquire communicative competence, appreciate cultural diversity, read materials written in the target language and write in the target language.

    The French and Spanish majors include a wide range of courses in language, literature, culture, civilization and linguistics. Double majors and minors are encouraged for students wishing to supplement their marketable skills in careers such as business, international trade, international relations, law, government and social work.

    Course Requirements for all majors can be found in the Online Course Bulletin.


    The World Languages and Cultures department features small class sizes, allowing faculty to work individually with students to develop their strengths and confidence and to know each other on a personal basis.

    The department's advanced classes offer diversification not found at many universities. Included are courses on contemporary France or Germany; French media or Spanish media/cinema; Francophone culture, with emphasis on French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean, and French-speaking Canada; Francophone women writers or women writers in the Hispanic tradition; French civilization or Hispanic culture and civilization; and Latin-American culture and civilization.

    Class placement is based on placement exams. Classroom work is reinforced with one class session per week in the language lab, televised news broadcasts in the target language, Internet assignments, videos and other audio-visual materials.

    International Affiliations

    Capital University's membership in the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) allows students to study in 17 different countries; these programs offer a selection of courses in the target language. In addition, the university is affiliated with Central College's intensive language programs in Austria, France, Germany and Spain.

    An increasing number of language students are studying abroad through the auspices of the programs of other institutions. Students also have studied at the American University of Paris, the Brethren Colleges Abroad in Strasbourg and Nancy, and the Université du Québec and Université Laval in Canada.

    Capital University holds a charter for Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society.