Foreign Languages (A.A.)
The Gainesville State College Department of Foreign Languages values a globalized educational experience. In support of the goals of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, our department mission is to provide our students with a key component of their 21st century education: the ability to communicate competently and confidently with speakers of other world languages. Our commitment integrates best practices, grounded in current theory and research, along with technological resources so that our students can enjoy learning in a challenging yet fulfilling environment. We continually strive to develop learners’ linguistic and cultural competencies, as well as to hone their critical thinking skills in order to empower them in their future academic, professional and cultural environments.
The Foreign Languages program at Gainesville State College offers courses in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Spain and Latin America, France and the Francophone world, and Germany and other German-speaking countries in Europe.
Through our NASILP program, we also regularly offer classes in Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, and Russian. An associate’s degree in Foreign Languages at Gainesville State College will prepare you to transfer into a Bachelor of Arts degree program at any of the institutions in the University System of Georgia.
Employment possibilities for foreign language majors include the many positions available to humanities students in any field. However, bilingual skills provide opportunities in foreign countries as well as in the United States. Graduates may find jobs in teaching, translating, foreign diplomacy, foreign correspondence, travel agencies, international airlines, import-export work, international corporations, banking, and in agencies of the federal government. Foreign language competence is an asset to urban workers in social work, public health, and law enforcement.
As a supplement to other majors, foreign language courses offer a fascinating glimpse into other cultures and will enhance any student’s skills and marketability. We also offer many opportunities for extracurricular activities—volunteering with children in the World Language Academy, participating in the Foreign Languages Film Series, or joining one of the student organizations sponsored by the department.
** The Gainesville Campus Foreign Language Lab is located
in the new Academic 4 building in Room 4201. **
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