MODERN LANGUAGES

Come visit us in Cauthen Educational Media Center, Suite 113. Watch us teaching in our classrooms. Visit us during our office hours and discuss Border literature, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Spanish Graphic Novels, Francophone literature, or French cultural norms. Come by to discuss why learning a second language is so beneficial for your life and career.

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 or French, 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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Our Programs

French

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.

Spanish

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.

Study Abroad

Bonjour! ¡Hola! Hallo! Students at FMU have many opportunities learn beyond the classroom! Study French culture and cuisine beneath the Eiffel Tower, embrace the Spanish culture abroad, or at a number of different locations!. FMU offers many ways to apply your knowledge of Modern Languages both locally and abroad. Check out out International Studies programs below!

Modern Languages in the News

Modern Languages at Francis Marion is always on the move and continually impacting campus life. Below are recent articles that feature Modern Languages and what we do at FMU! Click any of the button to read all about us!

Professor Spotlight: Kyrie Miranda

With a background in both Spanish, French and medieval studies, professor Kylie Miranda recognized that she would be a perfect fit as FMU’s new modern languages instructor.

Miranda said she began teaching ballet at the age of 15 and learned French in high school…

Students Interact Over Language, Gain Skills

The Modern Language Program began hosting regular conversational learning opportunities for both French and Spanish students this semester. The International Conversation Tables events are scheduled to be held three times per semester at 1:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month for Spanish and on the third Tuesday for French in the Cauthen Educational Media Center (CEMC).

Professor Spotlight: Elizabeth Zahnd

For Elizabeth Zahnd, professor of modern languages and coordinator of the French program, her interests in language, traveling and connecting with people were evident early on in her life from her relationship with her childhood pen pal.

Zahnd said she always wanted to travel abroad to better understand other languages and cultures,…