International Studies

International Studies


Foreign languages provide students with the necessary course content to fulfill the core requirements for the Transformative Education Program and for a minor course of study in Spanish or French. The department focuses on teaching the language and cultures of the countries in which the particular foreign language is spoken as a means of exposing the students to other cultures and peoples of the world.

The minor includes the required courses in language skills, literature, business and conversation needed to enhance a career in foreign affairs, international business, communications, law, English, education, political science, or other related professions. A major objective of the foreign language unit is to prepare students to acquire a survival level command of a language other than their own, broaden their outlook on life, and increase their interest and knowledge of other cultures and the relationship of countries to global affairs. Believing in the vital importance of broadening the educational and cultural horizons of our students by exposing them to the benefits of acquaintance with the world beyond the United States of America in these days of globalization and internationalization, the department also assists students applying for study abroad programs.

Foreign Language Minor Goals Students completing the minor in a foreign language will:

  • Demonstrate the skills of standard spoken and written aspects of the target language in everyday life and business settings;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, current affairs and cultures of some of the countries that speak the language;
  • Possess the skills necessary to gain employment that requires proficiencies in the language; and
  • Advanced study students will have the opportunity to experience study abroad/internship programs.
    • Requirements The total number of credit hours to satisfy the requirements for a foreign language minor is 18 hours. Students who prove by placement testing to be proficient in the language at levels beyond the intermediate levels will then have to complete a minimum of 12 hours of the language minor to achieve the total requirement of 18 hours and may select from the following courses according to their own interest and the advice of a foreign language faculty member. The elementary language courses (131, 132) are for the removal of deficiencies only. Credit for these courses may not count towards the minor.

      Course Requirements Hours
      FLSP 231 Intermediate Spanish I 3
      FLSP 232 Intermediate Spanish II 3
      FLSP 235 Spanish Conversation I 3
      FLSP 236 Spanish Conversation II 3
      FLSP 233 Business Communication I or SPAN 331 Survey of Spanish Lit. 3
      FLSP 234 Business Communication II or SPAN 338 Spanish American Lit. 3
      Total Spanish Minor Requirements 18

      French Minor

      Course Requirements Hours
      FLFR 231 Intermediate French I 3
      FLFR 232 Intermediate French II 3
      FLFR 235 French Conversation and Phonetics I 3
      FLFR 236 French Conversation and Phonetics II 3
      FLFR 233 Business Communication I or FREN 331 Survey of French Lit. 3
      FLFR 234 Business Communication II or FREN 336 Black Writers in French 3
      Total French Minor Requirements 18

      Study Abroad International Studies cooperates with the Director of International Programs to assist students from all majors who wish to study abroad. While participating in a semester Study Abroad Program, a student is advised to take a minimum course load of 12 hours in order to stay on track for timely graduation. It is recommended that this coursework reflect the courses yet to be completed according to the plan of study in the student’s major or minor. This coursework must be approved prior to participating in the program.

      International Studies Faculty

      Bernard Luscans, Assistant Professor of French and Coordinator for Foreign Language
      M.A., University of Paris IV, La Sorbonne, Paris, France; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      Boyer Building 016
      Saint Augustine’s University
      1315 Oakwood Avenue
      Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
      Phone: (919) 516-4109
      Javier Pabon, Assistant Professor of Spanish
      B.A., La Sabana University, Bogota’, Columbia; M.A., Duke University
      Boyer Building 300-C
      Saint Augustine’s University
      1315 Oakwood Avenue
      Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
      Phone: (919) 516-4137

      Office of International Programs

      The Office of International Programs at Saint Augustine’s University is a vital hub for all activities that appeal to a global audience. We work diligently in a variety of forums to advance the educational mission of the institution while providing meaningful, educational content for our student population. Below are the five components of the office.

      Center for Global Engagement and Leadership The mission of the Center for Global Engagement and Leadership is to promote the University’s mission to prepare students for leadership roles in a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing world. This will be achieved by fostering a climate in which students participate in various global and leadership activities to acquire the foundational and analytical skills critical to successful navigation of accelerated global change.

      Student Learning Outcomes to be achieved:
      a) Incorporate a comparative understanding of world cultures into their general knowledge.
      b) Understand the relationship of power and language, and how language interacts with culture.
      c) Locate, analyze, and synthesize information to provide a solution for a global issue.
      d) Demonstrate an understanding of the ideas and values expressed in at least one world culture.

      The Center sponsors excursions to local universities to participate in cultural activities as well as integrates programming from the surrounding community into the curriculum where appropriate.

      Confucius Institute Saint Augustine’s University officially opened its Confucius Classroom on August 25, 2011. The Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine’s University is the first of its kind at a historically black college or university. It is one of four Confucius Classrooms under North Carolina State University’s Confucius Institute. The others are at Central Carolina Community University in Sanford, Enloe High School and Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. The collaboration between Saint Augustine’s University and N.C. State University primarily provides an opportunity for students to learn Chinese language and culture.

      Experiential Education Students at Saint Augustine’s University have an array of opportunities to demonstrate their global competence by participating in the various international educational programs provided by the university. They include study abroad trips and service-learning excursions that allow students to navigate cultural paradigms, practice language skills and gain new perspectives on how citizens in other societies live, work and expound on their values, beliefs and ideals.

      International Student Recruitment and Retention The Office of International Programs plays vital role in helping international students adjust to the academic environment at the university. In the fall, we host a welcome reception to integrate them into the greater Saint Augustine’s University community as well as leverage their assistance in recruiting former classmates to the university. Finally, we work diligently with the President’s Latino Advisory Committee to facilitate dialog with the Spanish-speaking community.

      Academic Initiatives There are several academic initiatives that are housed in the Office of International Programs. The Leadership Studies Concentration allows students who obtain an additional twelve credit hours the opportunity to customize their degree program to include this additional set of skills and core competencies. In the future, we plan to add a global studies component (concentration or minor) to complement our focus on international education and the building of a global community for learning.

      Dr. Kanton T. Reynolds, Ph.D.
      Director of International Programs
      Interim Dean - School of Business, Management & Technology
      Office: Cheshire Building Room 107
      Saint Augustine’s University
      1315 Oakwood Avenue
      Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
      Phone: (919)516-4354
      Fax: (919) 828-2968