Dr. Lucrecia Litherland
Professor of Language
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Multilingual Communications is part of the Department of Modern Languages in the Division of Language & Literature in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
My degree options:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Multilingual Communications
What makes an OBU Multilingual Communications degree special?
As a broad-based course of study in the liberal arts, a major in Multilingual Communications not only provides students with advanced language skills in Spanish and proficiency in French or German, but it also grants them expertise in the analysis, interpretation, and production of a variety of texts. In addition, it furthers an understanding of the cultures where the above mentioned languages are spoken.
What are OBU grads doing with their Multilingual Communications degrees?
Besides the obvious applications in teaching and graduate study, a thorough knowledge of the Spanish/French or Spanish/German languages and cultures enhances career preparation across a wide variety of fields, ranging from serving in the Peace Corps or mission field to working for the government, in business or academia.
What courses can I take?
It depends on the student. Every level offers its own challenges and rewards. However, the more proficient one is in the language, the more options one has available.
What do OBU Multilingual Communications faculty specialize in?
- Song Cho
- Dr. Lucrecia Litherland – Foreign Language Education and Second Language Acquisition. International experience: Argentina (native) and Spain (military spouse and employment/Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools).
- Mrs. Radonna Roark – A generalist, focusing primarily on Second Language Acquisition. International experience: France (study and travel).
- Dr. Charles Swadley – A generalist with broad interests, focusing primarily on language and its uses. International experience: Argentina (missions) and Mexico (travel).
The students have opportunities to participate in field trips to museums when there are exhibits from foreign artists, in gatherings with guest speakers from the countries where these languages are spoken, in community services teaching ESL or in the public schools assisting with their foreign language programs, as well as in study trips overseas.