Language schools commonly offer individual courses, certificate programs and degree programs that teach students to speak a foreign language, read its literature and understand the culture where the language is spoken. Some programs are designed to prepare students to teach foreign languages at the K-12 or university levels, while others prepare them for careers in research, translation and interpreting. Undergraduate programs generally provide language proficiency, while graduate programs usually require proficiency in the language and focus on literature. Schools commonly offer study abroad programs for students.
Rutgers University, which has a campus in New Brunswick, offers language studies in Korean, French, Russian, Hebrew, Latin and Spanish. Students can choose from bachelor's programs in French, Chinese and German, pursue a master's degree in Latin or earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Italian.
The school's bachelor's programs teach the target language through classes that emphasize culture, history and literature. Those in the French program can spend a semester in Paris to immerse themselves in French culture, while those studying German can choose a literature and language or German studies option.
The 2-year Latin master's program includes courses that emphasize the philological methods of Latin and the analysis of art history, literary theory and philosophy. The Italian PhD program features a curriculum that thoroughly examines each period of Italian literature. PhD students obtain pedagogical training to become prepared to lead the classroom, and they submit and defend a thesis.
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Montclair State University
Montclair State University, located in Montclair, New Jersey, offers individual classes in Hebrew and Arabic, as well as certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Russian and French.
The French bachelor's program is available with options in translating and interpreting, French civilization and teacher preparation. Students may participate in a study abroad program, which allows them to spend a semester in Nice, studying, learning and exploring French culture. Graduates may continue their education with the master's program in French, which can prepare them for teaching positions, senior researcher positions or doctoral study.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Rutgers University||4-year, public; small city||BA in Chinese,
BA in French,
BA in German,
MA in Latin,
PhD in Italian
| $14,131 (in-state),
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| BA in French,
MA in French
Source: *NCES College Navigator