Heritage and Native Speakers

Heritage and Native Speakers

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Marquette supports heritage and native speakers of languages other than English so that they can develop their linguistic and cultural skills. Being bilingual is a significant advantage in our global job market. Our different language programs can help heritage and native learners develop their skills at an academic and professional level, while learning more about the linguistic practices, cultures, and arts and literatures of their heritage or native communities.

 

Heritage Speaker

You are considered a heritage speaker if you completed high school in the United States but you were exposed to a language other than English at home or in your community from a young age. If you are a heritage speaker, please click on the links within the table below for more information on specific language programs.

Native Speaker

You are considered a native speaker if you completed high school in a country other than the U.S., including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and your primary language of instruction was not English. If you are a native speaker, please click on the links within the table below for more information on specific language programs.



Heritage and Native Speakers Programs

  • French, German and Italian
  • Spanish

French, German, and Italian for Heritage and Native Speakers

  • Heritage or native students who plan to continue advanced study of French, Italian, or German must first take the placement exam in that language to determine their level of proficiency.

  • After taking the exam and obtaining their results, students must consult with the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures before registering for an advanced language level foreignlang@marquette.edu or call (414) 288-7063.

Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers

Marquette’s Spanish program offers courses and major/minor tracks specifically designed for heritage and native speakers to help them gain a competitive edge in many careers. Marquette’s program helps heritage and native speakers develop their skills at an academic and professional level, while learning about the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world and the cultures and art of Hispanic communities in the U.S. Placement and degree requirements for a Spanish major/minor for heritage and native speakers are different.

If you are not sure if you are a heritage or native speaker of Spanish, and for all other questions about the Heritage/Native Spanish-Speaker Program, please contact Dr. Pilar Bellver, Coordinator for the Spanish Heritage and Native Speaker Program.