World Languages and Cultures
Understanding world cultures and being conversant in another language are fundamental skills for today's global citizens. Graduates with multiple languages go on to find work in fields as diverse as government, politics, international relations, journalism, health and social services, translation services, environmental advocacy, education, and the arts.
World Languages and Cultures offers instruction in ten languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Other elective coursework includes classical civilization, film, historical perspectives, literature, modern culture, and peace and conflict studies. Students also have a wide range of opportunities for experiential learning via study abroad, international internships, undergraduate research, and other high-engagement activities.
Bilingual is Better
There are clear and tangible benefits to being bilingual. READ MORE
World Languages and Cultures and UT’s Foreign Languages Exchange Courses
Presidents Mazey and Gaber signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing foreign language course exchange between the two campuses. For this Spring the departments have agreed to a one for one exchange with Arabic taught at UT and Italian taught at BGSU. Associate Dean Theodore Rippey commented, “We have long had a concurrent enrollment relationship with UT that allows students from one place to take courses at the other. But the student registration experience is cumbersome, there is no guidance about course choices, and there is no coordination of offerings. Under this agreement, you have a scenario in which students will have compelling course options that align with their academic goals and, in terms of registration, are much more easily accessible.” This new agreement heralds an era of collaboration and cooperation that promises an increase in foreign language and intercultural awareness and study in Northwest Ohio. Read More
Homelands Beckon for Travelers and Refugees Alike
When she was young, Andrea Danziger’s family lived in Frankfurt, Germany, and her time abroad played a role in her academic interests: She chose a double major in Political Science and German, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL). After spending a summer interning at the U.S. State Department in Munich, she took an interest in the Syrian Refugee Crisis. “As Germany has been such a prominent player in the crisis, the event captured my attention,” Danziger said. Read More
NEH Grant to Expand Migration Studies
BGSU has been awarded major funding under a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Understanding Migration: Local and Global Perspectives,” co-authored by Dr. Christina Guenther, world languages and cultures, and Dr. Vibha Bhalla, ethnic studies, has been funded for the full amount of $100,000. The new Humanities Connections grant is designed to encourage undergraduate students across the country to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. In this first round of grant awards, BGSU was the only recipient in Ohio. Read More