Languages

ANCIENT GREEK

More than 2,000 years ago Plato wrote that the noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live. Study ancient Greek and learn from the wisdom of one of the world’s most influential cultures.

ARABIC

The program introduces students to the Arabic alphabet and sound system and continues with essential language functions used and understood across the Arab world. It emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and provides context for dialogue and communication in the target language.  

CHINESE

With the world’s largest population and the fastest growing economy, China has among the greatest potential as a market for U.S. goods. Studying Chinese is a solid career asset for those interested in careers in such fields as higher education, government, international relations, business, or arts.

CLASSICS

The program is designed to introduce students to the most important areas of classical civilization including art, history, philosophy, language and literature. The classical civilization major is excellent preparation for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history, or philosophy, and for students who wish to teach at the college or university level.

FRENCH

If you're hoping to work in global business, learning French can be a major plus on your resumé — it's the second most important language for business. Plus, the language is spoken on five continents and regions in the world (Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America).

GERMAN

Studying German provides undergraduate students insight into some of the oldest and richest cultural traditions in Europe. It also gives students a firm grasp on the leading European economies. Spoken in the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, German is the most frequently used language in business and tourism after English.

ITALIAN

BGSU offers a minor in Italian. We welcome students interested in culinary arts, fashion, film, language, literature and music to join us. Exposure to Italian culture, language, and history can enrich students' lives and prepare them for the future.

JAPANESE

Japanese language courses help students develop strong speaking skills with the help of regular conversation meetings, sessions in the Language Learning Center, and tutoring. Early in the first year of study students begin learning traditional script. There are ample opportunities to practice with native speakers of Japanese. Most students regularly take part in Japanese Club activities.

LATIN

Latin is the most venerable language in the Western world. Many of the most influential works were written in Latin which was still the language of culture less than 200 years ago, and a knowledge of Latin is useful for a more thorough understanding of the English language. Latin is excellent preparation for students in pre-law, pre-dental and pre-medical programs. It is also excellent for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history or philosophy.

RUSSIAN

Our department explores the language, traditions, strong history and literature of Russia. By studying Russian, you're putting yourself into the shoes of hundreds of millions of people and learning the language of the largest country in the world.

SPANISH

Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States. By learning the language, you open up doors to an entire population and have the opportunity to participate on a local, state, national and international level.