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Department of Modern and Classical Languages


  • Dr. William Short, Professor of Modern Languages, Chairperson Department of Modern and Classical Languages
  • Dr. James Alvis, Professor of Spanish and French
  • Dr. Philip Schuler

The language courses at McMurry University are designed to fulfill two major purposes. The first is to form a significant pattern in the mosaic of a "liberal arts" education. That is, the language courses are extremely effective in diminishing parochialism of time and place. Thus they prepare students to make a positive contribution in a multicultural community. Secondly, the language courses are constructed so as to move a student as quickly as possible toward employable proficiency. There is a growing potential for employment of bilinguals in education, social services, law enforcement, medicine, business, international law, diplomacy, civil service, armed forces, and tourism, to name only a few. Because of this worldwide demand for language expertise there is also an increasing demand for language teachers and professors. An increasing number of employers in general are looking for language proficiency in addition to standard skills. Therefore, a good liberal arts education and specific language skills work together to greatly enhance the quality of life of an individual and of a community. Languages open doors, economically and socially. In cooperation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction a Bilingual Education course is offered. Interested in the International Studies Program?

The following languages are offered at McMurry:

French

A major in French for a Bachelor of Arts degree consisting of 18 hours of advanced work will be available through the Foreign Language Consortium. Some advanced courses will be offered through Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. For requirements and approval consult the Chairperson of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Minor requirements consist of a minimum of six hours of advanced French in a total of at least 18 hours. Texas Teacher Certification in French requires that a student pass the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT). Registration forms are available in the department of Modern Languages.

German

A major in German for a Bachelor of Arts degree consisting of 18 hours of advanced work will be available though the Foreign Language Consortium. Some advanced courses will be offered through Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. For requirements and approval consult the Chairperson of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. Minor requirements consist of a minimum of six hours of advanced German in a total of at least 18 hours.

Spanish

A major in Spanish for the B.A. degree requires 18 hours of advanced work. Students entering with one year of high school Spanish may take Spanish 1420. Students entering with two years of high school Spanish will be placed according to individual proficiency after consultation with the Spanish Faculty. Spanish 4331, Advanced Grammar and Composition, and Spanish 4335, Spanish for Teachers, will be required for teaching majors. Minor requirements consist of a minimum of six hours of advance Spanish in a total of at least 18 hours. Advanced courses in Spanish are those numbered 3301 and above. Texas Teacher Certification in Spanish requires that a student pass the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT). Registration forms and information are available in the department of Modern Languages.


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