Academic Programs - Global Languages and Literatures

Academic Programs

Educator Licensure

Students interested in seeking Massachusetts teacher licensure should refer to the appropriate department links for options and requirements for second majors: Elementary and Early Childhood EducationSecondary Education and Professional Programs, or Special Education. Students should also consult Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures for professional education admission and retention information as well as important institutional deadlines.

Foreign Language Courses

Students who would like to continue the study of foreign languages at Bridgewater State University should do so at the earliest opportunity. Foreign language courses count for the Global Culture and Humanities requirements of the core curriculum.

With the exception of advanced placement, foreign language courses, and foreign language College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, credit may not be granted to students exempt from one to two semesters because of study of three of more secondary levels of the same foreign language or because of placement score.

Foreign Language Placement Policy

  • If you have studied a language for two years or less in high school, you may register for the 101 level of that language.
  • If you have studied a language for three years or more in high school, you must register for the 102 level of that language.
  • If it has been more than five years since you last studied a language in high school, you may register for the 101 level of that language.
  • If you are a native or a heritage speaker of a language, you must register for the 102 level of that language.
  • If you are a transfer student from another college or university and
    • you took a foreign language at your previous institution, your transfer credits will be assessed upon admission to Bridgewater State University.
    • you did not take a foreign language at your previous institution, follow the same guidelines as previously stated in the language policy.
  • Faculty teaching 101 and 102 levels of languages will determine during the first week of class if the student is taking the appropriate level of language. If the student is not, they will be placed in a more appropriate course.

Additional questions about language placement should be directed to the Chairperson of the Department of Global Languages and Literatures, Tillinghast Hall, Room 332, 508.531.2298.

Honors Program

The honors program in Spanish provides highly motivated Spanish majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in Spanish. Contact the Department of Global Languages and Literatures for further information concerning eligibility and application.