Enrich your career and become a global citizen through languages and cultures.
Shenandoah University’s Department of Languages and Cultural Studies seeks to prepare students to be true Global Citizens. In addition to instruction in Spanish, French, German and English as a Second Language, we promote community service in the target language and study abroad opportunities around the world.
In today’s global marketplace, languages are a valuable addition to your résumé, opening doors to better career opportunities and higher salaries.
What Our Program Offers You
What our students learn/Skills you will acquire
Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is intended for students interested in teaching Spanish as well as for those preparing to attend graduate school or to incorporate Hispanic studies into their chosen careers. The program includes courses designed to help you develop skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. You’ll also gain an understanding of Hispanic cultures in Spain, Latin America and the United States.
Shenandoah’s Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program offers rigorous academic instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar-in-use to provide intermediate and advanced nonnative speakers of English with the language skills and cultural knowledge they need to succeed in an American university and beyond. Whether your goal is to study full time at an English-speaking university, advance your career, or simply increase and polish your English language proficiency, IESL will prepare you to succeed through a comprehensive course of instruction adapted to your particular needs.
What makes our program unique?
Shenandoah University’s Department of Languages and Cultural Studies prepares you to be a true global citizen. In addition to instruction in Spanish and other languages, you’ll have opportunities to participate in community service with Hispanics in the Winchester-Frederick County community and study abroad opportunities around the world. Our small, interactive classes are led by professors who combine cutting-edge scholarship with individualized attention to help you develop to your fullest potential.
Customize Your Program
Study Abroad Opportunities
For the past decade, Shenandoah University students have traveled to Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city, to participate in UCEL’s Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program. The three-week program is a truly affordable and unique opportunity to earn three Spanish language credits while immersing oneself in Argentine culture. Living with a host family, attending classes and joining in many activities in Rosario, each participant will make new friends and adapt to the local lifestyle while improving Spanish language skills and fulfilling academic course requirements.
For more information, contact Tricia Whiting in the International Cross Cultural Center, Cooley Hall, at email@example.com or (540) 665-5460.
Global Citizenship Project
Since 2005, members of the SU community have had the opportunity to travel for ten days during spring break on an all-expenses-paid, faculty-led trip. Applicants can be undergraduate or graduate students, staff, or faculty, and if selected, they must be willing to travel anywhere in the world. Applications are due in September, and travelers and their destinations are announced at International Convocation in November.
The language faculty at SU have planned and led a number of GCP trips, including trips to Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru, and Germany.
For more information, contact the director of the Center for International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided Experiential Learning (GEL)
Faculty and staff from around Shenandoah University plan Guided Experiential Learning (GEL) trips throughout the academic year, often in January or May. These short-term trips involve hands-on, guided learning with faculty experts and allow students to earn three credits in a specific field.
Shenandoah University also offers short-term mission projects, both in the US and abroad. Spanish professor Dr. Ann Lesman has participated in trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Language faculty have led trips to Argentina and Cuba, while faculty and staff from other departments have led trips to Spain, Panama, and Peru.