Whether you intend to pursue a foreign language major, combine foreign language study with another major, or are simply curious about learning another language, our department has something that will be of interest to you. For a full listing of our courses and degree requirements, please look in the JMU Undergraduate Catalog.

B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers five options for a B.A. degree:  

Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in Arabic
Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in French
Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in German
Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in Italian Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish

These degrees require a minimum of 33 credits of upper-level coursework, along with proficiency in a second foreign language and the core university degree requirements.  See the current undergraduate catalog for more information.

Modern Foreign Langage Minor

Student can add a Modern Foreign Language minor offered in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

This minor requires 18 credits, including a 300 class, a 300- or 400- level literature class (SPAN 335 for Spanish), and four upper-level electives. 

Professional Minors

We offer professional minors, which focus on the practical understanding of language and culture within the given field.

These minors include Business French, Business German, Business Italian and Business Spanish, as well as Medical Spanish and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Our language courses are part of the University’s interdisciplinary minors, such as African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Asian Studies; Classical Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations; Modern European Studies; Russian Studies; and World Literature.

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