The Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University offers a complete series of courses leading to a bachelor’s degree (with or without teaching certification) in French, German, Spanish, and Russian. Courses are also taught in beginning and intermediate Italian.
The diverse course offerings embrace all aspects of language, literature, and culture: reading, conversation, composition, language for business purposes (French, German, and Spanish), language for journalism majors (French and Spanish), civilization, phonetics, stylistics, dramatic performance, methods of language teaching, audiovisual techniques, film, and the opportunity for independent study including study abroad.
Students can benefit from the many services available in the Language Resource Center, located in Gordy Hall. The lab features an outstanding selection of language tapes, films, records, and other audiovisual materials. Language students have access to computer labs that feature Macintosh G3s, Emacs and Gateway computers with Internet and CD-Rom capabilities. A wide selection of language software and multimedia applications is available as well.
The department has chapters of foreign language honoraries Delta Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Iota, and Sigma Delta Pi. For information on the honors tutorial programs in French and Spanish, see the Honors Tutorial College section.
The following study-abroad programs are available through the department:
- Austria: spring quarter in Salzburg offers beginning through advanced German.
- Canada: 6-week summer program in Quebec City offers courses in beginning through advanced French.
- Ecuador: spring quarter in Cuenca offers courses in intermediate through advanced Spanish.
- France: spring quarter in Tours offers courses in beginning through advanced French.
- Martinique: winter intersession in Martinique offers one upper-level course.
- Mexico: winter quarter in Merida offers intermediate and advanced Spanish and coursework in Latin America area studies.
- Puerto Rico: winter intersession in Puerto Rico offers one upper-level course.
- Russia: spring quarter in Moscow offers intermediate and advanced Russian.
- Spain: one-, two-, or three-quarter sequence in Toledo offers courses necessary for completing the Spanish major or minor and for working toward the Certificate in European Studies. A summer session is also available.