Why study modern languages at Taylor?
Our Modern Languages Department is led by academically challenging, nurturing faculty. Language skills have many applications. As one of our students, we will encourage your pursuit of fluency and seek to invest in you as follower of Christ.
In some educational settings, a student may only be exposed to one accent. This is not the case at Taylor. Our classes are taught by a number of professors with varying accents and backgrounds. We also have students from Latin American, European and African countries who offer their own perspectives and expertise.
What travel or study abroad opportunities are available?
- Latin American Studies Program-Costa Rica (one semester)
- Semester in Spain (through Trinity Christian College)
- Semester in Ecuador
- Summer Study in Ecuador, Mexico, and Spain
- January Term trip to Guatemala
Learn more about study abroad programs.
How can I fulfill my Bachelor of Arts language requirement?
Students are required to take two years (four semesters) of a language. Those who do not want to take the language placement exam will be placed into a language based on the amount of the language they took in high school. We offer Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean.
How do I know what level of Spanish or French I belong in?
Students with a strong background in Spanish or French are encouraged to take the Spanish or French Placement Exam because you could pass the beginner courses. Students who do not take the placement exam will be placed into a language course by the Registrar’s Office based on the following criteria:
- 1 full year of high school Spanish/French – SPA/FRE 101
- 2 full years of high school Spanish/French – SPA/FRE 102
- 3 full years of high school Spanish/French – SPA/FRE 201
- 4 full years of high school Spanish/French – SPA/FRE 202
Can I gain class credits based on my current proficiency?
Students can receive language credits without additional classes if they place beyond Spanish 202 and pass the CLEP exam.