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»A Message to Students

The Department of Languages would like to welcome you to Chapman University. Whether you are considering a career in law, international business, government, film, public relations, advertising, health care, journalism, teaching... etc., we would like to suggest that a major/double major or minor in a modern language will positively enhance your career options when you graduate. Across the country thousands of students apply for admission to graduate school and there is perhaps no better way of catching the eye of graduate admission counselors than doing a major/double-major or minor in a modern language.

The Department of Languages at Chapman University offers a major and a minor in both French and Spanish, an individualized major in German, and a minor in German and in Japanese (soon also in Italian and Chinese). Language majors and minors can also take advantage of a rich array of study abroad opportunities with semester and year-long programs at such prestigious universities of higher education as the University of Granada (Spain), The University of Paris IV: La Sorbonne (France), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and many others. Our study abroad programs provide students with exciting professional opportunities such as the internship program at the world renowned International Cannes Film Festival. Future employers look favorably upon prospective applicants with a language major or minor because they are the best prepared to enter an ever increasing global work force. The Peace Corps, recently directed by former Chapman University student Mr. Gaddi H. Vasquez, needs qualified applicants with linguistic proficiency in Spanish, French, and other languages to fill assignments throughout the world.

The Department of Languages at Chapman University prides itself upon the outstanding, individualized educational experience it brings to its students. Before spending a semester abroad, you will meet with your faculty advisor in languages to select courses and to ensure that courses transfer back to Chapman so that you can fulfill not only courses required for your language major/minor, but also many general education requirements. Our majors/minors and students have gone on to various careers/graduate studies which range from Tulane University Law School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Middlebury College School in Paris, France to Disneyland Tokyo. It is essential that you enroll in a language class as of your first semester of registration so that you may be properly prepared for a fruitful study abroad experience during the fall or spring of your junior/sophomore year or so that you may complete the required courses for the major/minor on the Orange campus.

Please give us a call at 714-997-6843 or stop by to see us at any time. We would be happy to set you up with a faculty advisor and plan out your courses and future career.

+-Explore Our Academic Programs

The following are the languages/programs available for all students:

+-Why Study Foreign Languages?

  • Competitiveness in the Job Market – Being fluent in another language not only looks great on a résumé, putting you two steps ahead of your competition, but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with a foreign language. Employers will view you as a very important contributor to the success of their business, especially on an international scale. Bilingual employees are favored in a variety of professions ranging from health care and social work to education and law.
  • Jobs in Other Countries – Many students have a desire to travel and work when they graduate from college. Some travel and find jobs teaching English temporarily. There are many opportunities for careers abroad working for the Peace Corp, the United Nations and other international organizations. 
  • Educational Requirement – In the modern world of education, all major universities, including Chapman University, require students to complete at least a year’s worth of study in a foreign language to enhance their educational experience. Administrators have long recognized the value of expanded views that include knowledge of foreign cultures as well as languages. 
  • Graduate School – Some graduate schools require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as comparative literature and music studies.
  • Personal Enjoyment –The very first time you are able to carry on a real conversation in a new language, you get a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Learning about the unique traditions and interesting parts of a new culture is exciting and fun. Also, studying a new language will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view. So, try it!

+-Want To Study Abroad?

Language Majors and Minors are encouraged to consider the wide variety of opportunities for Study Abroad including the Costa Rica. January Study Trip, a semester abroad in France or Germany and a summer travel course to Munich, Germany. 

We recommend those programs which offer the home stay option so that students maximize their potential for truly experiencing the language and culture of a different country. The Department of Languages is committed to providing students with ample opportunities to explore their identity as global citizens.

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    127 DeMille Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866
    (714) 997-6843
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