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JMU Major: Modern Foreign Languages

Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors |
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major

Description of the Major

The major is a part of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

The Foreign Language major is designed to develop students' proficiency in their language of study and to give students a strong background in literature and culture. Title are encouraged to spend a significant amount of time abroad immersed in the language and culture. The major also offers professional courses such as business French, German, Italian and Spanish; medical Spanish; law enforcement Spanish, legal Spanish, and Translation and Interpretation. The professional courses are part of professional minors.

Culture courses encompass topics such as theatre, art, cinema, and media of the country or region of study.

Degrees Offered










Business French

Business German

Business Italian

Business Spanish





Law Enforcement Spanish

Legal Spanish

Medical Spanish



Translation and Interpretation (Spanish)

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures department head in Keezell Hall, room 301.

Progressing in the Major

If students have had two or more years of language study in high school or at a previous institution and have not taken the SAT II in that language, students are required to take the JMU Foreign Language Placement exam if students plan to continue study in the same language at JMU.

Information about the foreign language placement exam can be found at:

To progress in the major students should remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.