Here are questions prospective and current students frequently ask about global languages at Penn State Behrend. Check out Global Languages Student Stories to learn how other Behrend students integrated language and culture into their academic programs.
I am not required to take a language but would like to take one. Can I?
Yes! Many majors have a sufficient number of electives to allow you to take language courses even when they are not required. If you are not sure if you have enough elective credits, contact your adviser or the program chair of Global Languages and Cultures.
What languages are offered at Behrend?
French, German, and Spanish.
How often are language classes offered, and when?
Spanish 1, 2, and 3 are offered every semester. French 1 and 3 are offered in the fall; French 2 is offered in the spring. German 1 and 3 are offered in the fall; German 2 in the spring.
What culture courses are offered?
We offer many culture courses, which are taught in English. Some of these courses also fulfill your International Cultures (IL) requirements. Such courses include GER 189N German Film; GER 200N Contemporary German Culture; GER 190 Twentieth Century German Literature; FR 139 France and the French-Speaking World; FR 138N French Culture Through Film; SPAN 130 Iberian Civilization; and SPAN 131 Ibero-American Civilization.
How do I know what level of language study to register for?
When you first register for courses, your adviser will work with you to determine which course is best for you. If you are uncertain, schedule an appointment with an appropriate member of the language faculty and he or she will help you choose the right level.
My major does not require a language, but my adviser says I need to schedule one. Why?
All students entering Penn State are required to have completed two years of the same language in high school. If you have not, you will need to successfully complete one semester of French, German, or Spanish before you graduate. Do not wait until your last semester to do so!
I would like to complete a Language Proficiency certification for a language not offered at Behrend. What should I do?
For languages other than French, German, and Spanish, please visit the School of Humanities and Social Sciences office. For more information please visit the Language Proficiency Certification page on the School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website.