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:

General Objectives
All language majors are expected to meet certain objectives:

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

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Career Opportunities

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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:

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) 33

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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 (307 and 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)  

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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.

Arabic

Courses Credit Hours
ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and Communication 1 3
ARAB 307. History of Islamic Civilization 600-1600 3
ARAB 308. Contemporary Islamic Civilization 3
ARAB 320. Arabic Oral and Written Communication 3
ARAB 371. Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation 3
ARAB 400. Advanced Arabic Writing and Conversation 3
Two 300- or 400-level ARAB literature courses 6
Three other 300- or 400-level ARAB courses 9

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

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 These courses fulfill 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 (may be repeated)  
GER 330. Business German  
GER 341. German-English Technical/Commercial Translation  
     (may be repeated)  
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 These courses fulfill 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 These courses fulfill the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

Russian
(not available 2012-13 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: 12
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.

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Teaching Licensure
In conjunctions with the College of Education, the department offers programs leading to the teaching license in French, German, Italian and Spanish. In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, students desiring PreK-12 teaching licensure in French, German, Italian or Spanish must be accepted for admission to the teacher education program offered by the College of Education prior to enrolling in professional education courses. The required licensure courses consist of 32 hours of credit.

Students interested in teacher licensure in French, German, Italian or Spanish must also meet the specific curriculum requirements of their foreign language major as part of the undergraduate academic degree.

For a complete description of admission and retention policies and procedures for teacher education, refer to the College of Education. Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the teaching licensure coordinator.

Required Courses Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span and Human Development 3
EDUC 300. Foundations of American Education 3
EXED 303. Foundations of Classroom and Behavior Management 3
READ 420. Content Area Literacy, K-12 3
TESL 426. Concepts in First and Second Language Acquisition 3
FLED 470. Methods of Modern Foreign Language Teaching 3
FLED 471. Modern Foreign Language Field Experience 3
FLED 475. Supervised Student Teaching Experience 12

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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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Chinese

Courses Credit Hours
CHIN 300. Chinese Grammar and Communication 3
One 300 or 400-level CHIN literature course 3
Four other 300 or 400-level CHIN 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

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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

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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

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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 12

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Professional Minors

Business French

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

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Business German

Courses Credit Hours
GER 300. German Grammar and Communication 3
GER 308. Contemporary German Civilization 3
GER 320. German Oral and Written Communication 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 308. Contemporary Italian Civilization 3
ITAL 320. Italian Oral and Written Communication 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 307. Spanish Civilization 3
or SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization  
SPAN 320. Oral and Written Communication 3
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/TR 435. Translation Strategies 3
SPAN 490. Practical Law Enforcement Spanish 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 435. 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 475. Advanced Medical Spanish 3
SPAN 476. Culture and Medicine in Spain and Latin America 3
SPAN/TR 435. Translation Strategies 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 435. Translation Strategies 3
SPAN/TR 436. Introduction to Interpretation 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.

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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

Heritage Speakers and International Students
Heritage speakers who would like to pursue a major or minor in FLLC studies in their heritage language must take the JMU Foreign Language placement test. Placement into level 300 is required in order to qualify to take the examination for credit for 300. Students who pass the examination for credit for 300 are entitled to register in other FLLC courses that have 300 as a prerequisite or to proceed to take the examination for credit for 320.

International students who are admitted to JMU and would like to pursue a major or minor in FLLC studies in their native language (s) need to take the examination for credit for 300 and 320 and then register for more advanced courses.

Heritage Speakers and International students who need to satisfy a language requirement need to complete a waiver form after being tested for proficiency.

Heritage Speakers and International students who wish to take elective credits in their language need to be tested for proficiency.

For testing of languages not offered by FLLC department, please contact the department.

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