Study Abroad Advisor • Bilingual Assistant • Business
Manager • Court & School Mediator • Foreign Service Worker •
Publications Manager • Public Relations Expert • Technical &
Scientific Writer • Translator • Website Editor
This international studies program, coupled with second language
fluency in Arabic, French, or Spanish, is designed
to prepare you with the ability to communicate effectively or
conduct business in a multicultural and global environment
in the US and abroad. As a student in this program, you will
develop strong writing and speaking skills in more than one
language; you will gain the necessary understanding for
interacting and negotiating with a diverse workforce in fields
such as sales, the airline and tourism industries, health care,
counseling, human resources, communication and public
relations, and legal advocacy; and you will be prepared to work
within a broad range of industries, governmental agencies,
multinational corporations, social organizations,
and educational institutions.
This degree is offered as a collaborative effort by the
Departments of English and Modern Languages, Business,
Humanities, Political Science, Sociology, and History.
Requirements include core content courses, language courses,
and one of two concentrations, not to exceed a total of 72
semester hours, in addition to general education credits.
Here are some of the reasons why you might like to include
language study as a part of your professional training.
Arabic, which is used by approximately 200 million speakers
in 24 Middle Eastern, North African, and Sub-Saharan African
countries, is the fifth most spoken language in the world and
is quickly becoming one of the most important international
languages for business and international relations. Although
Arabic is also widely spoken in some parts of the United States,
there is a recognized shortage of trained speakers of Arabic in
French competes with English and Spanish as a leading
“international” language and remains an important tool for
anyone who plans to go into international business or law.
French is spoken not only in France, but also by millions of
people in 34 other nations around the world in Europe,
North America, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world
– and in the U.S. The ability to speak Spanish is a skill applicable
to a wide range of careers, both at the domestic and international
levels, including law, business, and international trade.
This interdisciplinary degree will prepare you for a wide
range of professions. For example, you may seek careers
as translators, bilingual assistants, customer service
representatives, multinational marketers, international
entrepreneurs, business managers, publications managers,
web site editors, foreign service workers, coordinators of
multicultural recruitment, diversity trainers, court and school
mediators, agency or foundation administrators, and public
This degree can also lead to a variety of graduate fields
of studies, for example, International Business, Business
Management, Educational Leadership, Human Resources,
Professional Communication, Translation, International Studies,
Area Studies, Cultural Studies, Intercultural Communication,
Cross-Cultural Studies, and Community Counseling.
SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
The Translation Certificate Program
While pursuing the bachelor’s degree with the Translation
Concentration, you can earn a Translation Certificate if you
complete each translation course in the five-course sequence
with a grade of B or better.
First-hand Language Experience
You will find that you will get the most out of your language
program if you take every opportunity to speak Arabic, French,
or Spanish and to immerse yourself in Arabic-, French-, or
A short study abroad experience is one of the core requirements
for the major. In addition, Marygrove offers semester and summer
abroad programs, and credits from these programs can apply
to the major with prior approval. Work and volunteer abroad
opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can
also put you in touch with Arabic, French, and Spanish-speaking
people. You might consider part-time jobs with businesses that
have Arabic, French, or Spanish international operations.
Prior Language Experience
If you can demonstrate near-native proficiency in French
or Spanish (after taking a language proficiency exam,
administered by the Modern Languages Program Director),
Marygrove will waive FRE/SPA 151, 250, and 251 for you.
In addition, you may substitute three other courses for the
required 300-level courses in French or Spanish. You can either
take other 300-level French or Spanish courses or take courses
in a second foreign language at the 151 level or higher; you
can also take three additional Humanities or English classes.
If you can demonstrate near-native proficiency in Arabic
or another modern language, you will satisfy the language
requirement by taking three classes in a second language at the
151 level or higher, or three additional English writing classes.
You can receive up to 12 hours of modern language credit
through the Advanced Placement and CLEP programs (after
taking a language proficiency exam, administered by the
Modern Languages Program Director), or you may transfer
college credit in Spanish, French, Arabic, or other modern
languages not offered at Marygrove.