French, German, Russian, and Spanish
Missouri S&T offers courses in French, German, Russian, and Spanish, and previous instruction is not required. After two semesters of foreign language study on campus you should be able to converse on an elementary level. Furthermore, foreign literature is generally introduced in the second or third semester.
You may fulfill your Bachelor of Arts or Minor requirements from any of the four foreign languages offered.
General Information on placement testing in French, German, Russian and Spanish:
Students who have studied French, German, Russian or Spanish in high school and intend to continue in the language must contact the foreign language instructor before the semester begins in order to take a placement exam. This will help determine which course is most appropriate to register for. Other factors which the instructor may consider are the number of years the language was studied, grades earned, etc., and the instructor reserves the right to change a student's course placement if he/she believes the student has not registered for a course at the appropriate level.
Students should not sign up for a course lower than the one indicated by the placement test unless they receive the permission of the instructor. We encourage students to take the placement examination soon after their arrival on campus and to register for a foreign language course soon afterwards, while the knowledge acquired in high school is still fresh.
Why Study a Foreign Language?
Knowing foreign languages brings new opportunities!
Career advantages in a global economy: More and more businesses work with companies in other countries. Professionals who know other languages are an important resource for companies with an international component and may be asked to travel and interact with people in other countries. Knowledge of a foreign language will be an advantage if you work for any company with an international component. Give yourself a competitive edge!
Learn other cultures: Learning about other languages and cultures will help expand personal and professional horizons. Being able to speak with people abroad in their own language shows you are interested in their culture -- an important diplomatic plus in professional or social relations with them. Discover new worlds!
New ways of learning: You will learn a second language using advanced technology and focusing on communication. Learning a language means more than just learning grammar and vocabulary; it's learning sounds, expressions, ways of seeing things, and learning how to act in another culture.