Foreign Languages

Concentrations and Minors

Chinese Minor

French Major/Minor

German Minor

Italian Minor

Spanish Major/Minor

Oral Proficiency Interview

 

CHINESE

Minor in Chinese


Required Courses (6 units)

CHNS 301 - Composition & Conversation (3)
CHNS 302 - Composition & Conversation (3)

Native and heritage speakers of Chinese may earn up to 6 units for CHNS 301 and/or CHNS 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

Electives (12 units)
CHNS 201 and/or CHNS 202 may be applied as electives toward the Chinese minor, however, students who have either completed or tested out of a 300 level Chinese course may not go backwards to enroll in CHNS 201 or 202.

CHNS 311 - Chinese Culture & Civilization (3)
CHNS 370 - Special Topics (3)
CHNS 491 - Directed Readings in Chinese I (3)
CHNS 492 - Directed Readings in Chinese II (3)

Students may petition the department to take one of the following coures, taught in English, as an elective toward the Chinese minor. Written approval must be received from the Foreign Languages Department prior to enrolling in the course:

ASST 270 - Special Topics in Asian Studies (3)
ASST 470 - Advanced Topics in Asian Studies (3)
ASST 490 - Directed Readings in Asian Studies (3)
ASST 492 - Independent Study in Asian Studies (3)
ASST 494 - Internship in Asian Studies (3)
PHIL 380 - Philosophical Topics (3)
PHIL 470 - Philosophical Problems (3)

 

 

FRENCH


French Secondary Education Concentration

Four Year Plan

Required Courses (18 units)
FREN 301 Advanced Conversation (3)
FREN 302 Advanced Composition (3)

Native and heritage speakers of French may earn up to 6 units for FREN 301 and/or FREN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

FREN 391 Advanced Grammar (3)

Students are required to take 9 units of the following French literature and civilization courses. All students must take either FREN 328 or FREN 329.


FREN 325 Early French Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 326 18th Century Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 327 19th Century Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 328 20th Century Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 329 Contemporary French Literature and Civilization (3)

Electives (12 units)

Six units may be at the 300 or 400 level of French. The remaining 6 units must be at the 400 level. All of these French courses must be taken in addition to the Department of Education requirements. All Secondary Education students are required to complete the Oral Proficiency Interview. See detailed information at bottom of page.

French Professional/Literature Concentration

Four Year Plan


Required Courses (15 units)

FREN301 Advanced Conversation (3)
FREN302 Advanced Composition (3)

Native and heritage speakers of French may earn up to 6 units for FREN 301 and/or FREN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

Students are required to take 9 units of the following French literature and civilization courses. All students must take either FREN 328 or FREN 329.

 
FREN 325 Early French Literature and Civilization (Middle Ages to the 17th Century (3)
FREN 326 18th Century French Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 327 19th Century French Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 328 20th Century Literature and Civilization (1900-1945) (3)
FREN 329 Contemporary French Literature and Civilization (1945 to the present) (3)

 
Electives
(15 units)


Six units may be at the 300 or 400 level of French. The remaining 9 units must be at the 400 level.

The Literature Concetration and the Professional Concentration are identical except for a single course: FREN 497-Internship (3 units) that must be completed to earn the Professional Concentration. The internship is generally completed in the junior or senior year, and requires the permission of the department.

Minor in French


Required Courses (6 units)

FREN 301 Advanced Conversation (3)
FREN 302 Advanced Composition (3)

Native and heritage speakers of French may earn up to 6 units for FREN 301 and/or FREN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

Students must take at least one of the following Literature & Civilization courses for 3 units. If students take more than one Literature & Civilization course, the units will be counted as elective toward the French minor:

FREN 325 Early French Literature and Civilization (Middle Ages to the 17th Century (3)
FREN 326 18th Century French Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 327 19th Century French Literature and Civilization (3)
FREN 328 20th Century Literature and Civilization (1900-1945) (3)
FREN 329 Contemporary French Literature and Civilization (1945 to the present) (3

Electives (9 units)

FREN 3xx or 4xx FREN elective course (3) (Full list found in student's Undergraduate Catalog.)

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GERMAN

Minor in German


Required Courses (6 units)
GERM 301- Composition & Conversation I (3)
GERM 302- Composition & Conversation II (3)

Native and heritage speakers of German may earn up to 6 units for GERM 301 and/or GERM 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

Electives (12 units) GERM 201 and/or GERM 202 may be applied as electives toward the German minor, however, students who have either completed or tested out of a 300 level German course may not go backwards to enroll in GERM 201 or 202. At least two of the elective German courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

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ITALIAN

Minor in Italian


Required Courses (3 units)
ITAL 301 -Composition & Conversation I (3)
or
ITAL 302-Composition & Conversation II (3)

Native and heritage speakers of Italian may earn up to 6 units for ITAL 301 and/or ITAL 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

Electives (15 units) ITAL 201 and/or ITAL 202 may be applied as electives toward the Italian minor, however, students who have either completed or tested out of a 300 level Italian course may not go backwards to enroll in ITAL 201 or 202. At least three of the elective Italian courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. A complete list of courses is available in the student's Undergraduate Catalog.

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SPANISH

 

Spanish Secondary Education Concentration

Four Year Plan

Foreign Languages majors in the Spanish Secondary Education Track receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation. In addition to the General Education requirements and the requirements specified by the Department of Secondary Education, students must complete the following 30 Spanish units with a grade equivalent of 2.75 or higher before the semester of student teaching. Students are also required to complete the Oral Proficiency Interview. See detailed information at bottom of page.

Students must contact the Department of Secondary Education regarding admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program.

Required Courses (30 units)

SPAN 301 and 302 - Composition and Conversation I & II (3,3)

Native and heritage speakers of Spanish may earn up to 6 units for SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

SPAN 306 - Spanish Phonetics (Required for non-native Spanish speakers only.)

SPAN 311 - Culture & Civilization of Spain (3)
SPAN 312 - Culture & Civilization of Latin America (3)
SPAN 321 - Literature of Spain (3)
SPAN 322 - Spanish American Literature (3)

SPAN 391 - Advanced Spanish Grammar (3)

Any 400 level Literature or Special Topics (470) Culture course (3)

Required for Native and Heritage Spanish Speakers:

SPAN 407 - Advanced Spanish Composition (3)
and
SPAN 408 - Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)

Required for non-Native Spanish speakers, in consultation with their Spanish advisor:

SPAN 407 - Advanced Spanish Composition (3)
or
SPAN 408 - Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)

All of the above courses must be taken in addition to the Department of Education requirements.

Spanish Literature/Professional Concentration

Four Year Plan

The Literature Concetration and the Professional Concentration are identical except for a single course: SPAN 497-Internship (3 units) that must be completed to earn the Professional Concentration. The internship is generally completed in the junior or senior year, and requires the permission of the department.


Required Courses (18 units)
SPAN 301 and 302 - Composition & Conversation I & II (3,3)

Native and heritage speakers of Spanish may earn up to 6 units for SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

SPAN 311 - Culture & Civilization of Spain (3)
SPAN 312 - Culture & Civilization of Latin America (3)
SPAN 321 - Literature of Spain (3)
SPAN 322 - Spanish American Literature (3)

 

Electives (12 units)

SPAN 305 - Readings in Spanish (3)
SPAN 306 - Spanish Phonetics (3)
SPAN 331 - Spanish for Business (3)
SPAN 391 - Advanced Grammar (3)
SPAN 407 - Advanced Spanish Composition (3)
SPAN 408 - Advanced Spanish Conversation (3)
SPAN 409 - Spanish Translation (3)
SPAN 455 - Hispanic Popular Culture (3)
SPAN 470 - Special Topic (3)
SPAN 400-level literature course (3)

Of the 12 units of electives, 3 units must be in a 400-level literature course or in a 400-level special topics (470) course. Before enrolling in a 400-level literature course, students must have completed either SPAN 321 or SPAN 322.

 

Minor in Spanish


Required Courses
SPAN 301 Composition & Conversation I (3)
SPAN 302 Composition and Conversation II (3)

SPAN 311 - Culture & Civilization of Spain (3)

OR


SPAN 312 - Culture & Civilization of Latin America (3)

 

Native and heritage speakers of Spanish may earn up to 6 units for SPAN 301 and/or SPAN 302 by taking the department's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Exam.

SPAN 311 or 312 Culture and Civilization I or II (3)

Electives (9 units)
SPAN 201 and/or SPAN 202 may be applied as electives toward the Spanish minor, however, students who have either completed or tested out of a 300 level Spanish course may not go backwards to enroll in SPAN 201 or 202.
At least one of the elective Spanish courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

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ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW

Required for Foreign Language majors following the Secondary Education Concentrations in French or Spanish

As part of the requirements for graduation, teacher candidates in French or Spanish must complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), administered by an interviewer certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL.) While candidates may take the OPI at any time during their course of study, the requirement should be completed no later than the end of the semester in which the candidate is enrolled in SCED 499, "Internship in Secondary Education." Teacher candidates consult with their advisor in the Department of Foreign Languages regarding OPI requirements, application procedures and testing fees.

Teacher candidates from Towson University who are seeking certification in Maryland are required to achieve a level of "Advanced Low' in the Oral Proficiency Interview. A minimal score of "Intermediate High" is required for Chinese candidates in the MAT program. The Department of Foreign Languages will provide numerous opportunities for candidates to meet the "Advanced Low" standard through its study abroad programs; service-learning opportunities; tutoring; language clubs; and on-campus events such as film festivals and guest speakers. Students are also encouraged to seek out their own opportunities through volunteer work requiring their language skills; through the formation of practice groups with other language students and native speakers on campus; and through viewing films and television programs in the language they will be teaching.

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