Chair: Julia E. Palmer
Associate Professors Afatsawo, DeJong, Palmer, Severin, Varona;
Senior Lecturer Salinas;
Assistant Professor Martin Santos;
Visiting Assistant Professor Kikkert;
Visiting Instructors Basham, Sanchez;
The requirements for a major in French, German, or Spanish are 30 hours, 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; and three electives from language, culture, or literature courses at the 300-or 400-level. The major in German must include 301 and 302; at least two 400-level courses, one of which must be in literature; and six electives at the 202-level or higher from language, culture, or literature courses. 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; and 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. 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, one 400-level course and three electives at the 300- or 400-level. The minor in German must include 301 and 302, one 400-level literature course and three electives at the 202 level or higher from among language, culture, or literature courses. The minor in Spanish must include 301 and 302, 303 or 304, 305 or 306, one 400-level literature course and one elective at the 300- or 400-level.
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.
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.