The program in modern languages is a natural fit if you're interested in travel, teaching, and global affairs. If you want an edge on the competition, combine this degree with a double major in business, nursing, criminal justice studies, economics, or education.

Career Path

Here's just a few jobs where you'll put the skills you learned to great use:

  • Teacher
  • Communication Coordinator
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Business Consultant
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Publications Manager

What You'll Study

Major

Develop communicative and interpersonal skills; learn how to adjust and adapt successfully to changes in a multicultural and global workplace; and explore the culture, civilization, traditions and behavior of people around the world in one of our five concentrations.

French

The program in French includes all the courses you’ve always wanted to take: classes on French food, classes on French movies, classes designed to increase your fluency, improve your accent, and sharpen your writing. A semester in France will allow you to experience French culture as a resident, not just a tourist.

Minor in French

German

The German program is the fastest growing concentration in the department. Our tight-knit community enjoys Oktoberfest together, takes classes on German horror films, and stages a full-length play in German every other spring. Summer classes in Munster and a semester program in Munich provide a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience that will complement second majors in marketing, criminal justice studies, and computer science.

Minor in German

Spanish

With courses in Latin American history, Hispanic cinema, and cultural issues in the Spanish-speaking world, the program in Spanish will prepare you to be a full-fledged member of an international and multilingual community. The degree pairs well with tracks in nursing, criminal justice studies, and psychology, and normally culminates with a semester in Valencia, a beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean Sea.

Minor in Spanish

English as a Second Language, Teaching

The Commonwealth of Virginia is experiencing a shortage of ESL teachers. With a study abroad semester and classes in both English and a second language, our licensure program prepares students for preK-12 positions in this growing and vital field.

 

Modern Languages PreK-12 Teaching licensure

A major in modern languages is your first step to an engaging, rewarding career teaching in the PreK-12 setting. Our program boasts a 100% full-time placement rate for graduates with a Commonwealth of Virginia teaching license.

Minor

Learn communicative and interpersonal skills, and explore culture and traditions in one of three minors: French, German or Spanish.  

French

The minor in French requires 18 hours of concentration course work at the 200 level or above, and at least one course in literature and one course in culture and civilization:

  • Civilization and Culture
  • Survey of French Literature I: The Middle Ages Through the Enlightenment
    OR
  • Survey of French Literature II: Romanticism Through the New Novel/3 credits

German

The German minor requires 18 hours of concentration course work at the 200 level or above, and at least one course in literature and one course in culture and civilization:

  • Civilization and Culture
  • Survey of German Literature I: The Age of Goethe
    OR
  • Survey of German Literature II: Naturalism to the Present

Spanish

The minor in Spanish requires 18 hours of concentration course work at the 202 level or above, and at least one course in literature and one course in culture and civilization:

  • Spanish Civilization and Culture
    OR
  • Latin American Civilization and Culture
    AND
  • Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
    OR
  • Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature

Courses

Explore modern languages in these classes that focus on Literature; Civilization and Culture; and Conversation and Phonetics. 

See All Modern Languages Courses