MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University will soon offer more opportunities for students in the Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts with new degree tracks.

Beginning in fall 2019, the University will offer new Japanese and Spanish programs including language tracks, teaching certification and translation/interpretation tracks, all for both languages.

Brent Menchinger, chair of the Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts, said the University will also offer 18 credit hour certificates in all its language programming — Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish — that offer students a chance to take placement exams and bypass lower-level courses in that track, all while earning back-credit for those courses. With this addition, students may earn certification in these languages without working toward a major or minor in them.

“These changes add a lot of value and bring in even more opportunities for our students,” Menchinger said. “This new track is excellent for those that want to get into translation and interpretation. That’s one of the fastest-growing fields, in terms of jobs and employer demand.”

The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts continues to introduce new courses for specialized fields based on its popular SPA 106 course (Basic Spanish and Culture for Agriculture.) This year, the department offered Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) students SPA 107. In the fall, the new SPA 108 (Basic Spanish and Culture for Health Care Professionals) course will be offered for the first time.

Menchinger said the department is working to create more hands-on learning activities for language students while converting many of its existing offerings into service courses that get students out into their communities, making them even more competitive when they enter the job market.

For more information on the Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts, please visit bit.ly/2tM2gjT.

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