The program currently offers seven languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Beginning Italian is also offered every other year. The faculty of the program mentor students as they gain functional competence in a language other than English, develop cultural understanding and become responsible global citizens. Students prepare to study or live abroad, enhance professional development, and pursue personal interests while working alongside the faculty and, in most courses, native speakers who lead conversationally focused sessions.
A minor in Spanish complements many majors. The minor in Spanish at Drake includes components of significant community engagement in all upper-level courses.
Rather than simply requiring students to complete a certain number of courses, this minor requires students to demonstrate their linguistic and cultural competence in real-world applications. Classroom assignments necessitate that students demonstrate critical-thinking skills and maintain an electronic portfolio in which they self-reflect on the development of those skills.
|Eligible Courses||Credit Hours|
|SPAN 052 - Intermediate Spanish|
|SPAN 140 - Practical Speaking and Writing|
|SPAN 150 - Topics (may be repeated with a different topic)|
|SPAN 151 - National Identity|
|SPAN 152 - Film|
|SPAN 153 - Multilingual Societies|
|SPAN 160 - Language and Literature|
|SPAN 165 - Spanish for Healthcare Providers|
The Certificate of Competence in Language and Culture is designed to allow students to demonstrate competence in a language other than English and a competent understanding of the cultural contexts in which that language is spoken. Interested students may pursue the Certificate in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Undergraduate students from any school or college are eligible to apply. The Certificate is compatible with nearly every Drake major.
In order to receive the certificate, students meet a set of requirements combining academic and co-curricular experiences. These experiences include a mandatory study-abroad experience in a program approved by the director of the World Languages and Cultures program. At the time of graduation, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in language courses.
The certificate consists of a minimum of 14 hours of coursework (though more may be required depending upon a student's initial knowledge of the language of study).
|Two semesters of language study beyond the intermediate level (150 or 160 level) or equivalent from abroad||6|
|WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication, or equivalent||3|
|Study-abroad and surrounding experience courses||5|
|WLC 080 - The Study Abroad Experience I||1|
|WLC 081 - The Study Abroad Experience II||1|
|WLC 082 - The Study Abroad Experience III||3|