Foreign Languages

 

Program Information

 

 

 

Introduction

The department offers a Foreign Languages major with Literature/Professional and/or Secondary Education concentrations in French or Spanish. In addition, the department offers minors in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. To satisfy Core Curriculum (formerly known as General Education) requirements, courses are also offered in Arabic, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian. 

 

Major in Foreign Languages

Assistant Professor of Chinese, Dr. Ping FuStudents earning a Foreign Languages major with a Literature/Professional concentration in French or Spanish must complete at least 30 upper-level (300/400) units in the target language. Elementary (101/102) and Intermediate (201/202) courses do not count toward the major. Of the 30 units, at least 15 units must be completed at Towson University. Students pursuing the Foreign Languages major with a Secondary Education concentration in French or Spanish consult with both the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of Secondary Education to confirm degree requirements. All Foreign Languages majors are assigned an advisor in the target language and receive advising each semester.

All majors must earn at least a "C" (2.00) in all language courses applied toward the major.

Minor in Foreign Languages

The minor programs in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish provide students majoring in other disciplines with the educational language background necessary to broaden and enhance their career opportunities. All minors must earn a minimum 18 units (6 courses) in the target language. Both 301 and 302 courses are required plus 12 units of 200, 300 and/or 400-level courses. Elementary 101 and 102 do not count toward the minor. All Foreign Languages minors are assigned an advisor in the target language and receive advising each semester. Students may transfer up to 6 units (2 language courses) toward the minor. Students may also complete up to 6 units through study abroad or the Maryland state inter-institutional (BSEP) program. All minors must complete at least 6 upper-level (300/400) units (2 upper-level language courses) on-campus at Towson U.

All minors must earn at least a "C" (2.00) in all language courses applied toward the minor.

Additional Program Information

Placement in Languages

The department reserves the right to assess and place students in the language level appropriate to their prior learning and/or native or heritage speaking skills. The following guideline pertains to entering students with high school language study:

  • One year of high school language study, students may register for 101 or 102.

  • Two years of high school language study, students may register for 102.
  • Three years of high school language study, students may register for 102 or 201.
  • STUDENTS WITH 3 OR MORE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE STUDY CANNOT ENROLL IN THE 101 LEVEL OF A LANGUAGE.
  • Four years of high school language study, students may register for 201 or 202.
  • Five years of high school language study, students may register for 202 or 301.

Bachelor of Arts Language Requirements


Completion through the intermediate (201 and 202) level of a foreign language or its equivalent is required of all Bachelor of Arts degree candidates. This requirement may be met by:

  • Completing two or more years of the language in high school plus intermediate levels I and II in college;

  • Completing the elementary and intermediate level courses of the language in college;

  • Successfully completing one semester of any course beyond the intermediate level II; or

  • Successfully completing a Credit for Prior Learning examination in any language offered at the 301-302 level at Towson University (Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and/or Spanish.) The exam is administered each November by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Credit for Prior Learning Exam


The exam is given only in November each academic year and only in the following languages offered by the Department of Foreign Languages at the 301-302 levels: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Upon completing the exam, a grade of “A” is required to earn 6 units and a grade of “B” earns the student 3 units. The exam does not raise or lower a student's GPA. The exam application and instructions are provided by contacting the department.

 

 

Eric Vooys, Administrative Assistant II Office: LA 4210
  Phone: 410-704-2883
  Fax: 410-704-4290

 

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