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Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages
Courses are taught in the language you're studying so you'll become proficient and comfortable speaking and writing as you earn your degree.
You'll sharpen those skills through fun activities and clubs on campus and by studying abroad through our Global Opportunities program.
Become one of the more than 1 billion people who speak Mandarin Chinese.
Recognizing China's increasing international importance, we are strengthening our Chinese language program.
Whether you're studying Chinese for the first time or continuing studies from high school, you'll fit right into a beginner or intermediate level class. Our courses go beyond the language and also introduce you to both ancient and modern-day Chinese culture.
Chinese is said to be one of the most difficult languages to acquire because of its writing system and grammar rules. However, we've developed a truly effective, soundly designed curriculum and teaching style that will help you overcome the challenge.
Add Chinese classes to your history, political science, international studies, business, finance or education major, and you'll enhance your resume for future employers.
Why study Arabic?
The Arabic Studies program at Susquehanna University provides students with the unique opportunity to study a living language spoken by over 300 million people as well as build linguistic and cultural awareness. Our program adopts the teaching philosophy that places Arabic as the key to understanding and immersing in the Arab culture. Our program offers beginning Arabic courses that focuses on proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in both Modern Standard Arabic as well as Spoken Arabic. We encourage our students to consider Arabic study abroad programs to acquire first hand the cultural richness of the Arab World.
ARBC-101 Beginning Arabic I
Intended for students with no previous experience with the language. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH.
ARBC-102 Beginning Arabic II
Continuation of ARBC-101. An introduction to speaking, reading, listening and writing in Arabic. Also explores aspects of Arab culture. 4 SH. Prerequisite: ARBC-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.
CHNS-101 Beginning Chinese I
Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH.
CHNS-102 Beginning Chinese II
A continuation of CHNS-101. Introduces students to short conversations in standard (Mandarin) Chinese while laying foundations for further studies of the language. Includes standard pronunciation, basic vocabulary and writing simple statements. Explores the systems of language and culture of the Chinese people. 4 SH. Prerequisite: CHNS-101 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. CC: Foreign Language.
CHNS-201 Intermediate Chinese: Language and Culture
Review and expansion of elementary-level skills to intermediate level. Focus on developing skills needed to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics include culture and civilization with emphasis on current issues, comparisons to own cultures and interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisite: CHNS-102 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.
CHNS-202 Intermediate Chinese II
This is the second part of Intermediate Chinese. It aims to provide students with an authentic and effective language environment and help create a fun Chinese learning experience. It covers four chapters of the textbook on topics such as “sports,” “travel,” “at the airport,” and “new semester.” Students will continue to develop their skills in Chinese by mastering approximately 150 new characters, more complicated expressions, and more advanced grammar. By completing this course, students should be able to communicate with others in the above mentioned daily life situations, read materials of moderate difficulty, and write simple compositions related to the topics. Students will also achieve a better understanding of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHNS-201 or equivalent department-approved proficiency. 4 SH.