Modern Languages Major and Minor Requirements



The requirements for a major in French, German, or Spanish are

  • 30 hours in the Language at the 300- and 400-level,
  • 6 hours of which must be completed at an approved host institution in a foreign country in which the target language is spoken and which includes a home-stay.

The major in French must include

  • 301-302, 305;
  • four 400-level courses, at least one of which must be in literature;
  • three electives from language, culture, or literature courses at the 300- or 400-level

The major in German must include

  • one 300-level literature course;
  • four 400-level courses, at least one of which must be in literature;
  • five electives from language, culture, or literature courses at the 300- or 400-level

The major in Spanish must include

  • 301-302, 303-304, 305 or 306;
  • four 400-level courses, at least one of which must be in literature;
  • one elective from language, culture, or literature courses at the 300- or 400-level

The requirements for a minor in French, German, or Spanish are 18 hours in the language at the 300- and 400-level. Three to six hours of study at an approved institution in a foreign country where the language is spoken are strongly recommended.

The minor in French must include 301 or 302, 305; and one 400-level literature course.

The minor in German must include at least one literature course at the 300-level; and one 400-level course in literature, language, or culture.

The minor in Spanish must include 301-302, 303 or 304, 305 or 306; and one 400-level literature course.

The foreign-language requirement in Modern Languages is met when a student demonstrates functional competency in a foreign language by passing 201 and 202 or any 300-level course in a modern language at HSC or in an approved foreign-study program with home stay.

STUDY ABROAD
The Department of Modern Languages encourages and sponsors foreign study and monitors closely the standards and administration of the programs to which it entrusts its students. Approved programs offer supervision, coordination, structure, and compatible cost, and financial aid may be available for approved programs in the event of need. Courses overseas must be approved in advance by the department chair and be consonant with Hampden-Sydney's curricular philosophy.

updated 6/27/13