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

Students 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 Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • Three years of instruction Chinese and Japanese.
  • Two years of instruction in Ancient Greek, Latin, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

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

Degrees Offered

B.A.

Concentrations

Arabic

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Minors

Arabic

Business French

Business German

Business Italian

Business Spanish

Chinese

French

German

Italian

Law Enforcement Spanish

Legal Spanish

Medical Spanish

Russian

Spanish

Translation and Interpretation (Spanish)

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
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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: http://www.jmu.edu/forlang/flpe.htm

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

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