Our department teaches courses in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and TESL. We offer six degree options. Majors are offered in East Asian Studies (B.S.), Spanish (B.A.) and Spanish Education (Teaching) (B.S.) and options for minors include East Asian Studies, Spanish, Spanish Education (Teaching) and TESL. We do offer a Master’s Degree in TESL that can be explored on the Graduate Studies website.We currently have five full-time faculty. Three Spanish faculty, one East Asian Studies faculty (in Japanese) and one faculty member in TESL. In addition, we often have several adjunct and fixed-term faculty teaching in the department. Our faculty are well versed in foreign language pedagogy, and the smaller class sizes allow students to maintain close working relationships with faculty members.It is advised that students begin to study a foreign language or continue the study of a foreign language in the fall semester of their freshman year.Students who are studying a foreign language in the department are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. We have exchange programs and connections with other study abroad programs in China, Japan and Mexico. Exchange programs in East Asian Studies include Nankai University in China and Kanda, Nagoya & Kanto Gakuin Universities in Japan. Students who wish to study abroad should work closely with a faculty advisor in order to plan a course of study that will apply to their major or minor coursework here.In addition to the exchange programs, the department has offered educational trips led by our faculty to Mexico (Yucatán, Cuernavaca, Guanajuato), Spain, Costa Rica, China, Ecuador and Japan.
Natasha Smith talks about her experience