The classroom experience you’ll have at Ball State is top-notch, but we’ll be the first to add that there’s plenty to learn and experience outside the classroom. You’ll expand your horizons by connecting with others through organizations aimed at students and teachers of language, and you may also choose to expand upon the classroom experience itself by going for departmental honors.
Among the student organizations geared toward those with an interest in languages are honorary societies—for example, there’s one for those studying a second modern language, and another for those whose attention is focused on Latin or Greek. Membership is both a recognition of academic achievement and an opportunity to build relationships with students who have similar interests. There’s an option centered on Chinese culture, and another offering links to students of the classics from high school through college and beyond.
If teaching language is your goal, you’ll find lots of professional organizations for teachers eager to make your acquaintance. Some are aimed at foreign language teachers in general, while others focus on specific languages such as French, Spanish, German, Japanese, or Portuguese.
The departmental honors option is open to you whether or not you’re enrolled in the university’s Honors College. Requirements vary depending on your language area; your advisor can provide the details. If this is of interest to you, check into it early on during your time as a student, because it will require specialized work in many of your language courses.