Concentrations: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: ARAB 101, 102, Elementary Arabic I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: ARA 101, 102
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: ARAB 231, 232, Intermediate Arabic I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: ARA 201, 202
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: FR 101, 102, Elementary French I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: FRE 101, 102 or FRE 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: FREN 101, 102

JMU Course: FR 231, 232, Intermediate French I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: FRE 201, 202 or FRE 203, 204
  • RBC equivalents: FREN 201, 202

JMU Course: GER 101, 102, Elementary German I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: GER 101, 102 or GER 103, 104
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: GER 231, 232, Intermediate German I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: GER 201, 202
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: ITAL 101, 102, Elementary Italian I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: ITA 101, 102 or ITA 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: ITAL 231, 232, Intermediate Italian I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: ITA 201, 202
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: SPAN 101, 102, Elementary Spanish I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: SPA 101, 102 or SPA 103, 104 or SPA 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: SPAN 101, 102

JMU Course: SPAN 231, 232, Intermediate Spanish I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: SPA 201, 202 or SPA 203, 204 or SPA 211, 212
  • RBC equivalents: SPAN 201, 202

JMU Course: SPAN 365, Medical Spanish

  • VCCS equivalents: SPA 163
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: SPAN 465, Cinema and Literature

  • VCCS equivalents: SPA 164
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE:  Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their foreign language at the community college. Foreign language major requirements start at the 300 level; the above introductory and intermediate courses are prerequisites for 300.
2. Foreign language majors must complete through the intermediate level (232 at JMU) of a second language, unless they have a second major or are pursuing teacher licensure.
3. Students who have had two or more years of language in high school will not receive credit for the introductory sequence of the same language.
4. Modern Foreign Language majors earn a B.A. degree. In addition to foreign language (which is met by the major requirements), the B.A. also requires a philosophy course; see course equivalents above for options.  
4. Students seeking teacher licensure in French, German, Italian or Spanish must be accepted for admission to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professsional education courses. In addition to the 33 foreign language credits, an additional 39 credits are required for teaching licensure. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Admission to Teacher Education
Advising guides by community college     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Modern Foreign Languages 

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