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Foreign Languages

What does it mean to major in foreign languages?

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in foreign languages?

What can APSU foreign language majors do after graduation?

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in foreign languages?

What scholarship opportunities are available for foreign language majors?

 

What does it mean to major in foreign languages? 

 On its basic level, it means that our students will have acquired a firm understanding of one foreign language and culture, and they will have learned the rudiments of a second foreign language and culture.  At a deeper level, it means that our students will have acquired the skills requisite to learning other languages, and thus, they will become comfortable in the languages and cultures of other countries.   At its most profound level, majoring in foreign languages means that students can break down the barriers of time and space and can see the world through the eyes of previous generations.  Consequently, instead of relying on translations for understanding the histories and cultures of various peoples, our students come into direct contact with the minds of others.

 

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in foreign languages?

Austin Peay’s foreign language faculty is deeply vested not only in the area in which we teach but in our students as well.   We tend to have smaller classes than larger universities, and the result of this is that our students get an enormous amount of individual attention.   We work hard to provide opportunities for students to have as much direct contact with languages as possible.  Examples of this contact include both immersion experiences and study abroad programs to several countries, such as Greece, France, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. Furthermore we provide opportunities for undergraduate research projects in our various areas of expertise.

 

What can APSU foreign language majors do after graduation?

Not surprisingly, foreign language majors end up in a wide variety of jobs.  We have had students who majored in foreign languages go on to become high school teachers and college professors, as one might expect.  However, our majors have also gone on to work in government agencies, including one student who is the Chief Logistics Officer for Kandahar.  Finally, foreign languages serve as a gateway for a variety of careers, including international business, international law, law enforcement, military translators, and many others. 

 

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in foreign languages? 

We teach a variety of languages, including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  For additional information, please contact Sherry Clark (clarkso@apsu.edu) or Wanda McNabb (mcnabbw@apsu.edu), or check the APSU website (http://www.apsu.edu/langlit).

 

What scholarship opportunities are available for foreign language majors? 

J.T. and Kathleen K. Oxford Scholarship in Spanish

Amount: Varies
Renewable: Yes
Process: APSU Online Scholarship Application
Contact: Scholarship Committee Chair, Department of Languages & Literature | (931) 221-7891

Established in 2005 by Dr. Jeffrey and Raquel Oxford, alumnus of Austin Peay, this scholarship provides an annual award. Recipient may reapply in subsequent years. Recipient chosen on basis of academic potential and financial need. 3.0 GPA required.

 

Edelweiss Club of Clarksville German Scholarship

Amount: $500
Renewable: Yes
Process: APSU Online Scholarship Application
Contact: Department of Languages and Literature | (931) 221-6391

This scholarship was started in 2004. It provides $500 for a student who is either majoring or minoring in German. Recipients should be juniors or seniors, full or part-time. The scholarship may be renewed, but recipient must reapply. Scholarships will be awarded by the decision of the senior German faculty in consultation with the chair of the Dept. of Languages and Literature.

 

Follow this link to the programs of study for foreign language majors.

 

Follow this link for information concerning the Hispanic Cultural Center.