Associate Professors Colvin, Wolber
Assistant Professors Counselman, Lewis, Nieto, Oancea, Paris-Huesca
“Language, aside from its character as a grammatical skeleton bequeathed by tradition, is at the same time a living body experience of a people’s form of life.” — Americo Castro
The curricula in the modern foreign languages are designed to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language and to impart a critical and creative appreciation of the culture, civilization, and literature of the areas where the language is spoken. The Department of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish, and a minor in Chinese, as well as courses in Italian and Japanese. Students majoring in French or Spanish are required to participate in an approved program of study abroad. Students majoring in Spanish normally attend the University of Salamanca program, which is directed by Ohio Wesleyan, during the fall semester (see course listings). Students majoring in German are urged to study abroad in one of the approved programs in a German-speaking area. The department strongly recommends that students minoring in a modern foreign language also participate in a foreign-study program. Financial aid is available for all approved programs. Detailed information concerning billing and financial aid is available in the Office of International and Off-Campus Programs. For programs other than Salamanca, in preparation for study abroad, French and Spanish students must make an appointment with the chair of the MFL department to discuss and complete the academic guidelines for studying abroad.
Students who have successfully met the language requirement may request permission to undertake tutorial study of languages not regularly offered by the University. See the Special Language Program section, or contact the chair of the department.
No modern foreign language course taken credit/no entry may be applied to a major or minor.
Ohio Wesleyan is affiliated with the University of Salamanca, Spain. Each fall, qualified Ohio Wesleyan students may study in Salamanca and receive credit in Spanish, history, and art through Ohio Wesleyan. Up to three (3) course credits from Salamanca may be counted toward the Spanish major or minor. Students interested in this program should contact Professor David Counselman of the Modern Foreign Languages department. For a list of Salamanca Program courses, see the alphabetical listing in Courses of Instruction.