The study of language and culture acquaints students with global perspectives other than their own, deepens their understanding of their own culture and prepares them for graduate study and many internationally-based careers.
The University of Southern Indiana offers Bachelor of Arts degrees and minor study options in French, German and Spanish, with the additional options of teacher certification and a concentration in language and international trade. Students majoring in anthropology may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Chinese, Arabic and Latin instruction is offered through the intermediate level, and Japanese coursework is offered through the advanced level.
Students may qualify for a higher level language course through USI placement examinations.
The World Languages and Cultures department also offers a graduate program in collaboration with the Communications, Political Science and Public Administration and Teacher Education departments and the Intensive English Program. Learn more about the Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture degree.
Language and Culture Studies Abroad
USI exchange programs and abundant study abroad opportunities allow students to practice their language skills and immerse themselves in other cultures.
Anthropology students can take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities both at home and abroad by participating in an archaeological field school. The annual summer field school has taken students to New Harmony, Indiana; Fort Ouiatenon near West Lafayette, Indiana; and even the Peruvian Amazon.
TESOL and CAT Certification
USI will begin offering certifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Cultural Awareness Training (CAT) in summer 2016. These professional certifications are highly valued by employers and can be completed by undergraduate and graduate students for academic credit towards a degree, as well as by non-degree seeking students for professional development.