Modern Languages Special Opportunities

French Special Opportunities

English Language Teaching Assistantship at the Université de Nice—Sophia Antipolis

Each year a Hartwick graduate is selected as a paid intern to teach English to university students in Nice, France. The internship provides a salary to cover living expenses and free health care benefits for one full year. This is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience speaking in French as preparation for an international career. It is also an ideal location for exploring the Mediterranean and other parts of Europe.

Language and Cultural Immersion in Cameroon

Learn French in Sub-Saharan West Africa! Cameroon is officially bilingual in French and English and offers many opportunities for students to learn about ecological and cultural diversity in Africa as well as the continent’s development challenges. The program is open to students at all levels, from first-years to seniors, and will allow you to fulfill the LAiP language requirement during one January term. You will also have opportunities to work with local organizations for community-based service learning.

Language and Cultural Immersion in Tours, France

Learn French in the heart of France! Students will take intensive language courses, live with host families, visit spectacular monuments and castles, and spend an extended weekend in Paris. The program is open to students at all levels, from first-years to seniors, and will allow you to fulfill the LAiP language requirement during one January term.

Global careers through French

The ability to communicate effectively in a language other than English is a skill employers value. According to a recent study, French will be the most widely spoken language in the world by 2050. Learning French now will pay big dividends for a career in international trade, development and diplomacy. If you want to work in Africa for the Peace Corps, knowing French will make you more competitive for volunteer openings. Job applicants with language skills can receive preferential consideration for employment at the US State Department and other federal agencies.

Spanish Special Opportunities

The Past is Present: Service Learning In Hispaniola

The purpose of this course is to give you a first-hand perspective on how the socio-political events of the past and present impact the everyday lives of the people of the Dominican Republic, and by extension, our own. You will learn about Dominican culture, history, and the country’s relationship with Haiti and the United States through readings and excursions to important historical sites in Santo Domingo and other locations, while you work alongside Caminante: Proyecto Educativo, an NGO that has provided educational and vocational training in the Boca Chica community for 20 years. As part of the service/experiential learning component of the course, you will develop workshops around the theme of “Tu salud es lo que cuenta/It’s Your Health That Counts” and teach these interactive lessons in Spanish in the “Homework Rooms” that Caminante runs for K-3rd grade children. Through your work you will learn about the social, historical, and political circumstances that have impacted the very children with whom you interact and reflect upon how these same events shape your own present. We will begin the J term on campus in an intense week of preparation for the 19 days abroad.

Bolivia: Culture, Colonialism & Modernity

Bolivia is one of South America’s most vibrant and paradoxical countries. Its silver and tin mines were crucial to establish and fuel a global economy, while at the same time leaving a colonial legacy of extreme disparity and impoverishment. Vibrant cultural traditions and the reclaiming of ethnic identities contribute to an emergent Bolivian version of modernity. The course will primarily be based in La Paz (altitude 12,000 ft; average temperature 50°F, population 2.3 million in the metro area) where students will have an immersive three-week homestay with Bolivian families. During the La Paz homestay period, all students will take intensive language courses. If taken as SPAN 105, this course alone will fulfill the language requirement; no other course is required. There will be outings and lectures at museums, architectural sites, and marketplaces, with experiences in cooking, dancing, and sports integrated into language learning. Weekends will feature short trips in the surrounding region, such as the archaeological site of Tiwanaku and the Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca. The final week will bring students to southern Bolivia, including the colonial capital of Sucre, the mining city of Potosí, and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Cuba After the Castros

The island nation of Cuba presents a rich learning opportunity. Since the overthrow of Batista’s dictatorship in 1959, and the pursuant break in relations with the United States, the country has combined political repression and economic stagnation with high levels of health and education for such a poor country. Highly dependent on subsidies from the Soviet Union, the Cuban regime had to regroup after the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. This marked the beginning of “The Special Period”, during which the Cuban people demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to adapt to the abrupt changes it experienced. Today, Fidel Castro’s brother Raúl continues the regime, but the country’s political and economic future are very uncertain, especially since the Dec. 17th, 2014 announcement of improved US-Cuba relations. This course combines a pre-departure course with 16 days in-country meeting with people and visiting significant sites, examining firsthand some of the key political, social, economic, and cultural issues affecting this island nation.

Spanish: A Global Language

Internationally, and in the United States in particular, the knowledge of the Spanish language and of the Spanish-speaking world has become increasingly important. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Spanish-speakers living in the U.S. has grown 233% since the 1980s. A report titled “Languages for the Future” by The British Council highlights Spanish as “the most important language for the people in the UK to learn.” Currently, over 400 million people speak the language world-wide. Among a variety of career paths that benefit from being bilingual are: Education, not only as a Spanish or ESL teacher but also at the administrative level within school districts with a high Spanish-speaking population; Translation and Interpretation, in particular in the medical and legal fields, and community advocacy; Marketing and Advertising, within a company’s in-house marketing division or advertising agency; Business, international or within the U.S.; Media, the United States is home to a vast network of Spanish-media outlets (radio, television, print media, and online); Government Agencies, domestic or abroad; Non-profit Sector, local community advocacy organizations or NGOs abroad. Fluency in Spanish will make you more competitive for opportunities with entities such as, the Peace Corps and federal agencies like the US State Department.

Global Studies Special Opportunities

Global studies majors and minors complete off-campus programs, service learning projects and internships that emphasize practical global experiences.  Since the program is interdisciplinary, course work prepares students work in international business, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the foreign service.