I first remember my interest in languages and cultures when I was eleven years old. My
middle school had a class called World
Languages that introduced us to French, Spanish, and German to prepare us for the language that we would take in high school. It was so cool to learn the differences and similarities between their cultures. I ended up choosing German, because I thought it was the most exotic out of the three, and continued to take courses in high school. I ended up being a teacher’s assistant for the German teacher and it was a great experience.
I came to Plymouth State University unsure about what I wanted to pursue. Unfortunately, all of the German courses are getting deleted from the system, so I won’t be able to
continue learning German at school. This won’t and hasn’t stopped me from learning it in my spare time. However, before I knew the German courses were getting deleted, I told my
advisor that I wanted to create a major where I would learn a couple of languages, one of which would have been German. I was then instructed to enter Interdisciplinary Studies and create the major that I wanted. Once in Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, I found out that German was getting deleted. This came as quite a shock but I moved on and decided to focus in French and Spanish.
International Languages and Cultures is a program that will allow me to be able to learn both French and Spanish. I created this program because I wanted to learn different languages. Learning languages is a useful skill that can be used in many occupations. Plymouth State University doesn’t have anything like this, because I wanted my knowledge to be equal between French and Spanish. I didn’t want to only major in French or Spanish, because I wanted to gain a broader range of language knowledge. Plymouth State University did have a major that I was interested in called Modern Languages, but it is unfortunately going to be deleted in fall 2016.
My QRCO is Introduction to Language and Linguistics. This is necessary for my major, because I am going to be learning different languages so it is an important course to begin my major with. It explores many aspects of languages that would be useful to apply to the ones that I will be learning. My TECO is Advanced French. I chose this because it ties in nicely with my major. It is a class that I need in order to gain further knowledge in French, so putting it as my TECO fulfills both the requirement of knowledge in French and the need for a TECO. My WRCO is French Culture and Conversation. My advisor Katharine Harrington recommended that I take this course because it would be useful for applying my French knowledge.
Intermediate French I, Intermediate French II, and Advanced French are all classes that
are necessary in order to learn French. Without them, the major would make no sense. I will be attending a French immersion program in the summer of 2016 that will transfer six
credits worth of French towards my degree. I mainly did this to make all of the classes fit into my major. If I had Fundamentals in French I and Fundamentals in French II, my major would be exceeding the amount of credits that I am allowed to have. As a solution, the immersion program will replace the French fundamentals courses, and leave enough space for the rest of the courses that I need. It will also be an amazing experience that will allow me to travel which will be wonderful because I have never been out of New England.
Quebec Culture and Literature, French for Business, Diversity of Franco Communities, and French Culture and Conversation are all courses that will broaden my knowledge in French culture. These courses will teach me not only how to speak French, but how to understand different aspects of their culture. It will help me to become more knowledgeable in French overall.
Fundamentals in Spanish II, Intermediate Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II, and
Advanced Spanish are all of the classes that are necessary in order to learn Spanish. Fundamentals in Spanish I didn’t fit into my contract so I will be taking it as a connection in fall 2016. Spanish Culture and Civilization, Spanish for Social Services, and Spanish for Business are all courses that will broaden my knowledge in Spanish culture. These courses will teach me not only how to speak Spanish, but how to understand different aspects of their culture.
In conclusion, International Languages and Cultures is really unlike any other major offered here at Plymouth State University. This program will really help me become more fluent in French and Spanish. I don’t think I will ever stop learning these languages. Once I graduate, I will most likely continue to learn more about French and Spanish and the cultures associated with them in my spare time. My goal is to be able to speak in both languages in a professional manner. Multilingual fluency is a great skill that I can use to be able to acquire a job and travel around the world.
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