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  • Modern Languages with Year Abroad
  • Modern Languages & Second Language Education
  • Modern Languages with Two Languages Option
  • Interdisciplinary Arts & Science
  • Modern Languages & Second Language Education (Intercultural Stream)(BA) /Concurrent Education (BED)

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Study Spanish, Italian, or German and see the world! Students in this program spend a year abroad, allowing you to perfect the language while being immersed in its culture. Classes in this program are small and intimate. Study abroad is a transformative experience. You’ll become a better you.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Language and Linguistics, German/Italian/Spanish Literary Tradition, Theories of Language Acquisition, Intensive German/Italian/Spanish, additional courses taken at a foreign institution abroad


Specialization Options: Spanish, Italian, German


Career Tracks: Language advisor, immigration services, public relations officer, international business communications specialist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Earn a BA and a certificate in Second Language Education at the same time. Choose to learn German, Italian or Spanish, and learn to teach it, too. You will learn language acquisition methodologies, observe how professionals teach language and get the opportunity to practise teaching. You can even go on exchange. Class sizes are small, so you’ll get lots of one-on-one attention.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Language and Linguistics, German/Italian/Spanish Literary Tradition, Theories of Language Acquisition, Intensive German/Italian/Spanish


Specialization Options: Spanish, Italian, German


Career Tracks: Teacher, language advisor, translator/interpreter, educational assistant, communications specialist


Professional Designation Possible: Certificate in Second Language Education

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

This program is like a buy-one-get-one-free sale on languages. You get to specialize in two languages—Spanish, Italian, or German. Class sizes are small, guaranteeing you lots of one-on-one attention. You’ll get the chance to study abroad, too, if you choose. Being multilingual is a huge asset in whatever career field you pursue.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Language and Linguistics, German/Italian/Spanish Literary Tradition, Theories of Language Acquisition, Intensive German/Italian/Spanish


Specialization Options: Spanish, Italian, German


Career Tracks: Language advisor, translator/interpreter, immigration services, public official, business communications specialist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Become fluent in teaching newcomers to Canada with this unique program. You’ll take three years in the modern languages program and two years in education. You’ll earn two degrees at once, customizing your program to your interests. You will be eligible to teach JK to Grade 6.


Sample Courses: Teaching and Learning, Educational Psychology, Assessment and Evaluation, Theories of Language Acquisition, Intensive German/Italian/Spanish


Career Tracks: Elementary teacher, principal, special education teacher, learning strategist, academic administrator, language advisor, translator/interpreter, educational assistant, immigration services


Professional Designation Possible: OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required. Admission to first year only.
Minimum Average: 75%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

If high achievement is in your DNA, this elite program is for you. It’s for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. You can tailor your program to match your interests and career aspirations. Our students go on to do research or graduate degrees in their field. This program is small by design to give your talents the attention they deserve.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science; Modes and Methods of Inquiry; Inquiry and Communication; Science, Ethics and Social Policy.


Specialization Options: Students choose a major or double major and a minor (in FAHSS or Science).


Available majors and minors: Anthrozoology; Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Media and Film; Computer Science; Dramatic Art; Economics; English Language, Literature and Creative Writing; History; Languages, Literatures and Civilizations; Mathematics and Statistics; Music and Visual Arts; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies


Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), law, graduate studies, medical director

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U, MHF4U, and two from SBI4U, SCH4U, or SPH4U. MCV4U is strongly recommended.
Minimum Average: 80%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding human behaviour, communication, and interaction as shaped by social and cultural contexts
  • Communicating effectively and persuasively in a language other than English in speech and/or writing
  • Reading and comprehending primary texts, often in foreign languages; conducting original research
  • Appreciating the ways in which language subtly shapes expression and affects communication
  • Determining and articulating the effects of historical peoples and events on modern cultures and practices
  • Understanding significant differences between groups, societies, religions, and cultures; using this knowledge to identify similarities and bridge differences in the workplace and elsewhere

96.6%


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Humanities, 2017)

Shaun Collins

"Due to the small size of the program, the professors in my department had great relationships with the students and were always there to help when I needed it. I spent my third year living in Spain, studying at the Universidad de Valladolid, and travelling Europe – truly an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. While abroad, I also tutored two native Spanish girls in English. Between the tutoring abroad and the teaching practicum I took in my fourth year, I was able to reaffi rm that teaching is my career path."

Shaun Collins
BA (Honours) in Modern Languages with Year Abroad
Spanish Option [2018]

Career Tracks*


  • Administrative assistant
  • Archivist
  • Border services
  • Business advisor
  • Communications specialist
  • Curator
  • Editor
  • Historical consultant
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration services
  • Industry instructor
  • Journalist
  • Language advisor
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing manager
  • Media analyst
  • Museum director
  • Professor
  • Public official
  • Public policy advisor
  • Public relations officer
  • Reporter
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Speech pathologist
  • Teacher
  • Television/Radio analyst
  • Translator

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.


Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Advanced social research
  • Arts and culture
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources
  • Education: Teaching, language teaching
  • Government: Multilingual positions
  • Immigration and community integration
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Media, marketing, journalism, and publishing
  • Research agencies: Public and private

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HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

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Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

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Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

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Extracurricular

Extracurricular

Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)

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Why you should attend Open House

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  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
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