Career Opportunities

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Degree Requirements

Teaching Licensure

Minor Requirements

International Education and Studies Abroad

Placement Tests


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Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Keezell Hall, Room 301
(540) 568-6128
http://www.jmu.edu/forlang/


Department Head
Dr. Giuliana Fazzion

Professors
J. I. Barrio Olano, D. Corbin,
A. de Jonge, G. Fazzion, R. Goebel,
C. Szeps-Fralin

Assistant Professors
A. Birien, C. Harllee, B. Muhonja,
A. Procopio, T. Regalado-López,
A. Shahin

Lecturers
L. Cambriani, L. Cangiano, E. Castro,
K. Costello, B. Fernandez-Torres,
K. Kline-Gabel, L. Morris, A. Naranjo,
J. Tkac, B. Warden

Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Mission Statement
The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures 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, Literatures and Cultures 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 cross disciplinary 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:

Knowledge

Skills

Experiences

Attitudes

Program
The department offerings address a wide spectrum of student needs. Our program seeks to:

Faculty
The faculty members of the department strive to:

All language majors are expected to meet certain objectives.

General Objectives

Specific Objectives
The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers programs designed to:

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Career Opportunities

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
The department supports the following organizations:

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Degree 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:

The minimum requirement for a major in languages is 33 upper-division credit hours in a specific language.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education 1
41
Foreign language classes (intermediate level required) 2
0-14
Second Foreign Language (intermediate level required) 2
0-14
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)
3
University electives 3
15-43
Major requirements (listed below)
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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The foreign language requirement and the second language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232) or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement test. The second language is not required of double majors or education minors.
3 The number of university electives varies depending on the number of actual credits earned with the first and second language requirements. These language requirements may be fully or partly satisfied through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' placement tests, but these tests do not confer actual credits and subsequently the number of university electives students take will vary.

Major Requirements

All language sections share certain core requirements.

Courses
Credit Hours
Two language courses (300 and 320) 1
6
Two civilization courses (307and 308)
6
Literature courses in the target language
6-12
Other courses as specified by the section 2
9-15
(see lists for each language below)

 
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1 These courses fulfill the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 The courses required for Spanish majors are different, as shown in the Spanish listing.

French

Courses
Credit Hours
FR 300. French Grammar and Communication 1
3
FR 307. History of French Civilization
3
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization
3
FR 320. French Oral and Written Communication
3
FR 335. Introduction to French Literature
3
Three 300- or 400-level FR literature courses
9
Three other 300- or 400-level FR courses
9

 
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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

German

Courses
Credit Hours
GER 300. German Grammar and Communication 1
3
GER 307. A History of German Civilization
3
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization
3
GER 320. German Oral and Written Communication
3
GER 341. German-English Technical/Commercial Translation
3
Two 400-level GER literature courses
6
Four more courses (see following list)
12
Group 1:
     GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization (second time)
     GER 330. Business German
     GER 341. German-English Technical/Commercial Translation (second time)
     Any 400-level GER literature courses
Group 2 (no more than one):
     ENG/GER 436. Studies in German Literature
     GHUM 200. Great Works (German works in translation)
     HIST 388. Germany Since 1871

 
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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Italian

Courses
Credit Hours
ITAL 300. Italian Grammar and Communication 1
3
ITAL 307. Italian Civilization
3
ITAL 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization
3
ITAL 320. Italian Oral and Written Communication
3
ITAL 351.Italian/English Technical/Commercial Translation
3
Three 300- or 400-level ITAL literature courses
9
Three other 300- or 400-level ITAL courses
9

 
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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Russian (not available 2010-11 academic year)

Courses
Credit Hours
RUS 300. Russian Grammar and Communication 1
3
RUS 315. Russian Phonetics
3
RUS 320. Russian Oral and Written Communication
3
RUS 400. Advanced Russian Conversation
3
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
3
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
3
Choose one of the following:
3
     RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization
     GEOG 333. Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
     HIST 385. Russia to 1855
     HIST 386. Russia since 1855
     HIST 475. Modern Russia
     POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union.
Choose any four of the following:
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     GHUM 200. Great Works (in Russian)
     RUS 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages (may be repeated) 2
     RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century (second time)
     RUS 406. Russian Literature of the 20th Century (second time)
     TR 300. Introduction to Translation
     TR 361. Russian-English Technical/Commercial Translation 1
     TR 400. Text Revision

 
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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
2 For the RUS 490 course description, see FL 490.

Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication 1
3
SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization
3
SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
3
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN 335. Introduction to Spanish Literature
3
Three SPAN literature courses
9
Three other 300- or 400-level SPAN courses
9

 
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1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Additional Language
Students majoring in modern foreign languages must complete the intermediate level of a second language unless they are:

In case the student has a previous background in a second language, the second language requirement may also be satisfied by placing out of it through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Culture's placement test. However, in this case, the student must proportionally increase the number of university electives as indicated in the B.A. Degree Requirements.

Teaching Licensure
Students interested in becoming teachers must meet specific curriculum requirements in their major as part of the undergraduate academic degree. 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, modern foreign language majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must be admitted to teacher education, complete the pre-professional program in secondary education at the undergraduate level and complete the graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

It is critical that students seeking licensure consult regularly with both their education adviser and their major adviser to support their progression through the programs. For a full description of the program in secondary teaching, refer to the Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, in addition to the College of Education section of the catalog.

Minor Requirements

Modern Foreign Language Minor
A minor in a modern foreign language consists of 18 upper-division credit hours in a specific language.

Arabic

Courses
Credit Hours
ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and Communication
3
One 300 or 400-level ARAB literature course
3
Four other 300 or 400-level ARAB courses
12

 
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French

Courses
Credit Hours
FR 300. French Grammar and Communication
3
FR 320. French Oral and Written Communication
3
One 300 or 400-level FR literature course
3
Three 300 or 400-level FR courses
9

 
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German

Courses
Credit Hours
GER 300. German Grammar and Communication
3
One 300 or 400-level GER literature course
3
Four other 300 or 400-level GER courses
12

 
18

Italian

Courses
Credit Hours
ITAL 300. Italian Grammar and Communication
3
One 300 or 400-level ITAL literature course
3
Four other 300 or 400-level ITAL courses
12

 
18

Russian

Courses
Credit Hours
RUS 300. Russian Grammar and Communication
3
One 300 or 400-level RUS literature course
3
Four 300 or 400-level RUS courses
12

 
18

Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 335. Introduction to Spanish Literature
3
Four other 300 or 400-level SPAN courses
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Professional Minors

Business French

Courses
Credit Hours
FR 300. French Grammar and Communication
3
FR 320. French Oral and Written Communication
3
FR 330. Business French
3
FR 308. Contemporary French Civilization
3
FR 351. French/English Translation
3
One 300 or 400-level FR Course
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Business German

Courses
Credit Hours
GER 300. German Grammar and Communication
3
GER 320. German Oral and Written Communication
3
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization
3
GER 330. Business German
3
GER 341.German-English Technical/Commercial Translation
3
One 300 or 400-level GER Course
3

 
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Business Italian

Courses
Credit Hours
ITAL 300. Italian Grammar and Communication
3
ITAL 320. Italian Oral and Written Communication
3
ITAL 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization
3
ITAL 330. Business Italian
3
ITAL 351. Italian/English Technical/Commercial Translation
3
ITAL 375. Business and Society in Italy
3

 
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Business Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization
3
     or SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
SPAN 330. Business Spanish
3
SPAN/TR 435. Translation Strategies
3
SPAN 375. Business and Society in Latin America
3

 
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Law Enforcement Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN 360. Law Enforcement Spanish
3
SPAN 490. Practical Law Enforcement Spanish
3
SPAN/TR 435. Translation Strategies
3
One 300 or 400-level SPAN Course
3

 
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Legal Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 307. Spanish Civilization
3
     or SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN 370. Legal Spanish
3
SPAN/TR 411. Translation Strategies
3
One 300 or 400-level SPAN course
3

 
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Medical Spanish

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN 365. Medical Spanish
3
SPAN/TR 436. Community Interpretation
3
SPAN 475. Advanced Medical Spanish
3
SPAN 476. Culture and Medicine in Spain and Latin America
3

 
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Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation

Courses
Credit Hours
SPAN 300. Grammar and Communication
3
SPAN 311. Contrastive Linguistics
3
SPAN 312. Translation Competencies
3
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication
3
SPAN/TR 411. Translation Strategies
3
SPAN/TR 435.Translation Strategies
3

 
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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. Majors in modern foreign languages must take 33 credit hours of foreign language courses specified by the department. Students are required to take 18 of those in courses taught in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures based on the main JMU campus.

Minors in modern foreign languages must take 18 credit hours of foreign language courses specified by the department. Students are required to take nine of those in courses taught in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures based on the main JMU campus.

Placement Tests
The score a student receives from the online placement test will be valid for registering in a language class that takes place up to and including the second semester of the sophomore year at JMU. A student who chooses to wait until his or her junior year to begin language study will be required to repeat the online placement test. Students will be placed in a class according to the new score, even if this means starting in a lower-level class than was indicated by the first placement test. In this circumstance, the student will take more classes to fulfill the language requirement for the B.A. degree.

The faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures strongly recommend that students begin their required language classes no later than the second semester of the sophomore year, and ideally as soon as possible after taking the online placement exam.

Semester Registering Accepted Placement Score
Fall, first year First year test
Spring, first year First year test
Fall, sophomore year First year test
Spring, sophomore year First year test
Fall, junior year
(and all later semesters)
Must retake test in spring of sophomore year or later in order to register for language classes for this semester and all later semesters

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