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|Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Head
Phone: (540) 568-6128
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/forlang/
D. Corbin, A. de Jonge, R. Goebel, C. Kline, B. Oberst, C. Szeps-Fralin
J. Barrio Olano, G. Fazzion, R. Kyler
C. Harllee, A. Ingram, A. Laganá, A. Procopio, S. Sierra
E. Castro, K. Kline-Gabel, T. Regalado-López
|Mission Statement||Degree and Major Requirements|
|Career Opportunities||Teaching Licensure|
|Co-curricular Activities and Organizations||Minor Requirements|
|International Education and Studies Abroad|
|The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is a central site on campus for the implementation of James Madison University internationalization efforts. Through its course offerings, study abroad programs, organizations and clubs, and the presence of faculty with research areas in diverse foreign cultures, the department embodies cultural diversity, particularly international diversity, at JMU. The strong presence of international students and faculty on campus is a critical indicator of this recognition of international diversity. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers students and the community a broad range of educational courses and programs that help develop foreign language competence, a global perspective, and an understanding of foreign cultures both ancient and modern. The department’s mission is to ensure that all graduates with a B.A. have sufficient knowledge of a modern foreign language to build fluency in that language when future personal or professional needs require it; prepare language majors for success as professionals in language-related career fields; enhance the education of non-language majors by providing them foreign language skills that complement their chosen major; teach understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures and provide basic knowledge about the literature, culture, and intellectual achievements of countries other than the U.S.; play a leading role in internationalizing the college curriculum; provide opportunities for language and cultural study abroad; support cross-listed courses for the departments of English and history as part of their major requirements, and the General Education program with courses for the Cluster Two requirements. The department also plays an important role in the university interdisciplinary minors by offering courses for Russian studies, Latin American studies, world literature and classical studies.|
|Goals and Objectives|
|The department strives to fulfill that mission by pursuing the following goals. Within each area, students should:|
|The department offerings address a wide spectrum of student needs. Our program seeks to:
|The faculty members of the department strive to:
|The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers programs designed to:
|Co-curricular Activities and Organizations|
|The department supports the following organizations:
|Degree and Major Requirements|
|Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages|
|A student can earn both a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and a minor in a specific language. Currently the department provides four years of instruction in French, German, Italian and Spanish, plus three years in Chinese, and two years in Arabic, Japanese and Russian. The minimum requirement for a major in languages is 33 upper-division credit hours in a specific language. However, students pursuing a second major in an unrelated field or whose choice of language makes it impossible to meet that requirement may seek substitutions and/or waivers from the department head.|
All language sections share certain core requirements.
|Additional Language or Cognate Requirement|
|Students majoring in modern foreign languages must complete the intermediate level of a second language or take at least 12 additional credit hours in other departments (e.g., art, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science) in courses fully or partly related to their foreign language studies unless they are:
|In conjunction with the College of Education, the department offers programs leading to the teaching license in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Collegiate Professional Teaching License in a modern foreign language requires 36 credits in language study. In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, foreign language majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the undergraduate education minor and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree offered in Education Programs. For a full description of the programs in education, refer to the College of Education.|
|Modern Foreign Language Minor|
|A minor in a modern foreign language consists of 15 upper-division credit hours in a specific language and must include a literature course. French minors are required to take FR 320.
|International Education and Studies Abroad|
|The department strongly supports – and greatly benefits from – the university’s excellent Studies Abroad programs. Majors are strongly encouraged to spend a significant amount of time abroad. Students are urged to check with their language advisers to see which courses taken abroad count toward the language major.|
|Placement tests are given to students who have studied one language for two or more years in high school and who have not taken the College Board Advanced Placement Test or SAT II. Final decision on Advanced Placement rests with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Placement tests are given for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. There is no placement test for Latin. Students who have taken one year or less of a language in high school or who want to start a new language may enroll in level 101 of that language for credit. Student who have taken two or more years of a language in high school (10th, 11th or 12th grade) are not permitted to enroll in levels 101, 102 or 111 of that language for credit. Students with two or more years of a foreign language in high school must take the department placement exam. This exam is given in Keezell 103 during the posted hours. Tests for French, German and Spanish are available online at http://www.jmu.edu/forlang/flpe.htm. Tests for Italian and Russian must be taken in Keezell 103. Students that place into the 300 level of a language must enroll at that level. Students that place into the 109 level for Spanish or French only, must obtain a permission number from the main office in Keezell 301 in order to register.|