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So, what can one do with a major in Modern Languages? Many things! Our Modern Languages majors have landed jobs in marketing, health care, international politics, missions, foreign language software development, and education. Should you desire to become a teacher of Spanish, French, or German, you can become certified using the PACE program. You can also combine a Modern Languages degree with a degree in business, health sciences, mass communications and more… learning a foreign language can help your future career in almost any field of study!
Modern Languages faculty go above and beyond the classroom to help our students become well-rounded university citizens and to gain an appreciation of the world. We offer French and Spanish conversation tables and have our own chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic National Honor Society. The Modern Language Program offers various experiential learning opportunities as well as a variety of international exchange programs and advocate the study abroad experience for as many students as possible.
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Students at FMU learn beyond the classroom. Study German in the heart of Landua among new friends at the University of Koblenz-Landau, experience French culture and cuisine beneath the Eiffel Tower, and embrace the Spanish culture abroad. FMU offers many ways to apply your knowledge of Modern Languages both locally and abroad.
As a major in Modern Languages on a French Track, students will work to complete 24 hours above the 199 level, including French 301, 302, 401, and 402. There are two minor/collateral options at FMU: two 12-hour collaterals approved by the faculty adviser or an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser.
To successfully complete a major in Modern Languages – French Track, students will need to complete 30 semester hours. The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and non-major) for the major in Modern Languages – French Track is 120.
MINOR – A minor in French requires 18 semester hours above the 199 level.
COLLATERAL – A collateral in French requires 12 semester hours above the 199 level and completion of 202 in two modern languages.
As a major in Modern Languages on a Spanish Track, students will work to complete twenty-seven semester hours above the 199 level, including SPAN 301, 302, and five courses above 302. There are two minor/collateral options at FMU: two 12-hour collaterals approved by faculty the adviser or an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser.
The minimum number of semester hours required in major courses for a major in Modern Languages – Spanish Track is 33. The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and nonmajor) required for the major in Modern Languages – Spanish Track is 120.
MINOR – A minor in Spanish requires 18 semester hours above the 199 level.
COLLATERAL – A collateral in Spanish requires 12 semester hours above the 199 level and completion of 12 semester hours including the completion of 202 in two modern languages.
Note: The German track is being phased out. Students are no longer permitted to declare German as a major, minor or collateral in Modern Languages. Students who are currently registered in the German track should discuss their completion plan with their academic advisor.
As a major in Modern Languages on a German Track, students will work to complete twenty-four hours above the 199 level, including German 301, 302, 401, and 402. There are two minor/collateral options: two 12-hour collaterals approved by the faculty adviser or an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser.
To successfully complete a major in Modern Languages – German Track, students will need to complete 30 semester hours. The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and nonmajor) required for the major in Modern Languages – German Track is 120.
MINOR – A minor in German requires 18 semester hours above the 199 level.
COLLATERAL – A collateral in German requires 12 semester hours above the 199 level and 12 semester hours including the completion of 202 in two modern languages.
From Florence to Paris, FMU helped Melaney check another item off of her bucket list.
It may only have taken a few years, but Melaney made it to Paris after all.
After deciding to follow her dream to finish her university degree more than 20 years after starting it, junior Melaney Mills, wanted to make the most of her university experience by studying abroad in France.
During the 2016 spring semester, Mills took a break from her mass communication studies at FMU to study at the University of Caen in Normandy, France. According to Mills, she found out about the study abroad program through her French class last fall taught by Dr. Elizabeth Zahnd. “A little less than a year ago I walked into Zahnd’s elementary French class,” Mills said. “In the second or third week she announced that we could be eligible to study French abroad.”
Zahnd encouraged Mills to complete the application for the study abroad program. “I knew that I could complete the foreign language requirement and experience something I’d only dreamed of,” Mills said. Zahnd and Dr. Mark Blackwell, coordinator of international programs, ensured that Mill met all of the requirements to go to France for the semester.
Prior to studying abroad in France, Mills had never left the U.S. “Going abroad without anyone in my family has given me courage,” Mills said. “If I can accomplish something like that in France I can get through anything back home.”
Mills had only taken one French class, so the language barrier proved to be a difficulty while she studied in France, Mills said. “Other than taking that French class mentioned before, I had no foreign language,” Mills said. “When I went through South Carolina public schools, foreign language was not required and I do not believe it was even offered at my tiny school in lower Florence County.”
Over the course of Mill’s semester abroad, she grew more comfortable with the language. “The more time I spent there it became easier as time went on,” Mills said. “Communicating in French in class was possible. Going out to use it among the locals, not so much.”
According to Mills, the friends she made while in France were the best part of the trip. “I was able to visit this American family who had recently moved to France several times in their home,” Mills said. “Being so far from friends and family, I received much comfort being able to visit in their home and be a part of their family.”
Mill’s course work consisted of French grammar, spelling, writing and culture. Mills said studying in France allowed her to grow in her French and learn the proper pronunciations. “Speaking to local people was still difficult, but the level of confidence I now felt made it much easier,” Mills said. “They appreciated it, too.”
During Mills’ time outside of class, she traveled with the university and friends to various sights near Normandy such as the Cliffs of Etretat and the Palace of Versailles. Mills also traveled to Bourdeaux and Paris. Mills was an FMU student during the 1980s, but she never finished her degree.
After moving back to Florence County to take care of her mother after she suffered a stroke, Mills came back to FMU in the fall of 2013 to finish her undergraduate degree. “It was a dream to return to school to finish my degree, so I saw it as the perfect time and started classes,” Mills said.
Do you get to your Spanish class and find that it’s hard to get started speaking and writing in Spanish? Do you wish you could have some warm-up time in Spanish to prep yourself and get ready for class? Or have you ever felt that you needed some more practice with your listening skills in Spanish? The Spanish Program at Francis Marion has a way to help! We have created a station on Spotify for you to listen to! Here are a couple of tips to help:
Listen to the list on your way to class to prep you for speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish.
Listen at home or in your car (or anywhere!) to brush up on your listening skills.
Listen to it while doing homework (except those listening activities, of course!) to really get into the mood.
The channel is called “FMU Español” and can be found on Spotify’s website or through the app. If you would like to suggest songs or artist’s to add, please send an email to Dr. Kiely at firstname.lastname@example.org.