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Francophone Cultures

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement, social service, relief efforts, or health care? Would you enjoy a career in international relations or business? Consider a minor in Francophone Cultures. You can improve your linguistic and cultural competency without focusing on literature.

With over forty French-speaking countries in the world, students with a working knowledge of French and Francophone cultures and with a desire to serve in the world community have a decided advantage in pursuing interesting careers using their French in today’s competitive job market.

Requirements:

  • FREN 201 Advanced Intermediate French I
  • FREN 202 Advanced Intermediate French II
  • FREN 309 Phonetics & Conversation
  • FREN 310 French Stylistics: Composition
  • FREN 314 Francophone Cultures through Film
  • FREN 336 La Francophonie

If you begin at a higher level, you may choose electives from the following:

  • FREN 301 Study Travel
  • FREN 302 Intensive Study Abroad
  • FREN 312 Advanced Conversation

 

French

 

French for the Fashion Industry

Paris has long been a capital of the fashion industry. The creative work of French designers—such as Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent—is known, respected, and imitated around the world.

Any student interested in fashion who has a working knowledge of French, understands French business practices, and has a good sense of French culture will have a marketable advantage over other prospective employees without these skills.

Requirements:

  • FREN 201 Advanced Intermediate French I
  • FREN 202 Advanced Intermediate French II
  • FREN 309 Phonetics & Conversation
  • FREN 310 French Stylistics: Composition
  • FREN 323 French for Careers
  • FREN 314 Francophone Cultures through Film
  • Or FMD 300 Study Tour in France

If you begin at a higher level, you may choose electives from the following:

  • FREN 301 Study Travel
  • FREN 302 Intensive Study Abroad
  • FREN 312 Advanced Conversation

 

Spanish

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. By 2050, Hispanics are expected to number about 106 million people in the United States.

Speaking Spanish in your profession and understanding the culture will open many doors and make you more marketable. Even if becoming bilingual is beyond your reach, learning just a little more Spanish is a smart career move.

 

Spanish for Criminal Justice

Immaculata University offers a unique minor in Spanish for Criminal Justice that combines language, culture, judiciary practices, internship opportunities, and study abroad trips. Imagine studying in Mexico for three weeks, learning about Latin American culture and language, and studying legal terminology while visiting the local judicial system. Studying abroad also includes cultural visits to colonial cities, Aztec pyramids, museums and more.

At a time when Latinos are interacting more than ever with police, courts and prisons, their confidence in the U.S. criminal justice system is closer to the low levels expressed by blacks than to the high levels expressed by whites, according to a pair of nationwide surveys by the Pew Research Center. A bilingual and culturally competent officer or agent can make a big difference. There are dozens of different jobs with the federal and state government that would make use of your criminal justice and Spanish degree. Tthis minor can help you qualify for a higher salary level and a better job!

Requirements:

  • SPAN 201 Advanced Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN  304 Intermediate-Advanced Conversation & Composition I
  • SPAN 303 Advanced Composition (offered abroad every summer and at IU campus)
  • SPAN 335 Advanced Conversation for Law Enforcement (offered abroad every summer)
  • SPAN 332 Latinos in the USA

 

Spanish for Medical Personnel

Studies have shown that Hispanic access to health care, as well as the quality of care they receive, is severely lacking in comparison with that of the Caucasian majority population. Other studies have strongly suggested that increasing the number of bilingual nurses and medical professionals in the health care system can help make a profound difference in improving health outcomes of Hispanic patients and communities.

Immaculata University offers a unique Spanish for the Medical Professions minor that combines language, culture, medical practices, internship opportunities, and study abroad trips. Imagine studying in Mexico for three weeks, learning about Latin American culture and language and traditional medicine while visiting clinics and orphanages! Studying abroad also includes cultural visits to colonial cities, Aztec pyramids, museums and more.

Requirements:

  • SPAN 150* Spanish for Medical Personnel or SPAN 201 Advanced Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 152* Intermediate Spanish for Medical Personnel or SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 201 Advanced Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 304 Intermediate-Advanced Conversation & Composition I
  • SPAN 303 Advanced Composition (offered abroad and at IU campus)
  • SPAN 335 Advanced Conversation for Medical Personnel (offered abroad every summer)
  • SPAN 332 Latinos in the USA

* Spanish 150 and 152 do not count toward the minor. They are basic classes for students who have never taken Spanish.

 

Spanish for Nutrition and Dietetics

Studies have strongly suggested that increasing the number of bilingual nutritionists and dietitians in the health care system can help make a profound difference in improving health outcomes of Hispanic patients and communities.

Immaculata’s Spanish for Nutrition and Dietetics minor integrates language, culture, medical practices and cultural psychology with the history and techniques of Latin American cuisine. We study the ways culinary traditions define personal and ethnic identities. You will have opportunities for internships in this region and abroad.

Imagine studying in Mexico for three weeks, experiencing Latin American culture and language, and learning dietetics vocabulary and situations while visiting local markets, orphanages and schools. Studying abroad also includes cultural visits to colonial cities, Aztec pyramids, museums and more.

Requirements:

  • SPAN 201 Advanced Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 304 Intermediate-Advanced Conversation & Composition I
  • SPAN 303 Advanced Composition (offered abroad every summer and at IU campus)
  • SPAN 335 Advanced Conversation for Dietitians (offered abroad every summer)
  • SPAN 332 Latinos in the USA

 

Spanish for the Teaching Profession

Children who speak English as a second language represent a growing proportion of the student-aged population in the United States. Spanish has become the unofficial second language of this country. Hispanic students are less likely than African American and Caucasian students to have had early childhood education, including preschool or Head Start programs. They are more likely to be enrolled below grade level and be retained one or more times, and more likely to be enrolled in remedial classes that do not prepare them for college. They have a high drop-out rate. Hispanic children often enter school already behind.

A key factor in improving education for Hispanic students is to understand that they are from different groups of people (primarily Mexican American, Central and South American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican) with different needs. Immaculata’s Spanish for the Teaching Profession minor will help you understand not only the language but also teach you the different traditions and backgrounds of Latin American families.

Imagine studying in Mexico for three weeks, learning about Latin American culture, language, and vocabulary. Visiting orphanages and schools will be a rewarding experience that you can bring back to enrich your own classroom. Studying abroad also includes cultural visits to colonial cities, Aztec pyramids, museums and more.

Requirements:

  • SPAN 201 Advanced Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 304 Intermediate-Advanced Conversation & Composition I
  • SPAN 303 Advanced Composition (offered abroad every summer and at IU campus)
  • SPAN 335 Advanced Conversation for Teachers (offered abroad every summer)
  • SPAN 332 Latinos in the USA

 

Certificates

Hispanic Cross-Cultural Communication

 

Italian

If you are interested in a career in business, music, art, history, architecture, fashion, interior design, international relations, or culinary arts, consider earning a certificate in Italian. An estimated 7,500 companies have offices in Italy, and many Italian firms have companies in the U.S. Having a certificate in Italian on your transcript will give you an advantage when applying for jobs. You’ll stand out from other applicants who don’t know as much about other languages and cultures.

Requirements:

  • ITA 101: Beginners Italian I
  • ITA 102: Beginners Italian II
  • ITA 201: Advanced Intermediate Italian I
  • ITA 202: Advanced Intermediate Italian II

Two more classes selected from:

  • ART 216: Study Abroad (when the class’s destination is Italy)
  • FMD 300: Study Tour (when the class’s destination is Italy)
  • HIS 238: Italian Renaissance, or HIS 301: Study Travel
  • Two classes abroad approved by the department

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