Christopher Newport requires its students to take a second language course if they do not have second language credit transferring in. A lot of prospective students might groan at this, but it’s actually one of the most helpful and practical skills you can learn in a semester in college!
The curriculum for Spanish 200 is great, and offers a wide range of practical skills and techniques that you can use to communicate effectively in a Spanish-speaking country. If you’re anything like me, then you haven’t taken Spanish in quite a few years. Thankfully, the courses here ease you in to the subject at your own pace to ensure that you are soaking in as much information as possible. It took about a week or two to get re-acquainted with the language, but after working closely with my peers and professor I have definitely overcome my original difficulties.
Some students even elect to major or minor in Spanish, and it’s easy to see why after having taken the class. There’s so much to learn about this rich culture, and becoming bilingual is very desirable quality that employers love to see. Christopher Newport encourages its students to look outwards to the world. There are many more languages than just English; and there are many more languages to study than just Spanish at Christopher Newport (to name a few: Arabic, French, German, Chinese). That’s why a second language course is required, to widen your worldview and aid in making you a more cultured person!