The department offers a Foreign Languages major with Literature/Professional and/or Secondary Education concentrations in French or Spanish. In addition, the department offers minors in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. To satisfy Core Curriculum (formerly known as General Education) requirements, courses are also offered in Arabic, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian.
Major in Foreign Languages
Students earning a Foreign Languages major with a Literature/Professional concentration in French or Spanish must complete at least 30 upper-level (300/400) units in the target language. Elementary (101/102) and Intermediate (201/202) courses do not count toward the major. Of the 30 units, at least 15 units must be completed at Towson University. Students pursuing the Foreign Languages major with a Secondary Education concentration in French or Spanish consult with both the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of Secondary Education to confirm degree requirements. All Foreign Languages majors are assigned an advisor in the target language and receive advising each semester.
All majors must earn at least a "C" (2.00) in all language courses applied toward the major.
Minor in Foreign Languages
The minor programs in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish provide students majoring in other disciplines with the educational language background necessary to broaden and enhance their career opportunities. All minors must earn a minimum 18 units (6 courses) in the target language. Both 301 and 302 courses are required plus 12 units of 200, 300 and/or 400-level courses. Elementary 101 and 102 do not count toward the minor. All Foreign Languages minors are assigned an advisor in the target language and receive advising each semester. Students may transfer up to 6 units (2 language courses) toward the minor. Students may also complete up to 6 units through study abroad or the Maryland state inter-institutional (BSEP) program. All minors must complete at least 6 upper-level (300/400) units (2 upper-level language courses) on-campus at Towson U.
All minors must earn at least a "C" (2.00) in all language courses applied toward the minor.
Additional Program Information
Placement in Languages
The department reserves the right to assess and place students in the language level appropriate to their prior learning and/or native or heritage speaking skills. The following guideline pertains to entering students with high school language study:
Bachelor of Arts Language Requirements
Credit for Prior Learning Exam