Foreign Languages Major

Immerse yourself in the study of Spanish or French. Expand your knowledge of the language, the country, the culture and the people.

Develop a command of Spanish or French by following an intensive course of study as a foreign language major. Choose from four concentrations: 

French

The concentration in French broadens your knowledge of the language as well as literature and civilization. You must complete at least 30 upper-level units in the target language. View degree requirements and course descriptions for the French concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

French Education

The education concentration in French gives you the skills to teach the language in the United States and abroad. You must consult with both the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of Secondary & Middle School Education to confirm degree requirements. As part of the requirements for graduation, teacher candidates must complete the Oral Proficiency Interview administered by an interviewer certified by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. View degree requirements and course descriptions for the French education concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Spanish

The concentration in Spanish broadens your knowledge of the language as well as literature and civilization. You must complete at least 30 upper-level units in the target language. View degree requirements and course descriptions for the Spanish concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Spanish Education

The education concentration in Spanish gives you the skills to teach the language in the United States and abroad. You must consult with both the Foreign Languages Department and the Department of Secondary & Middle School Education to confirm degree requirements. As part of the requirements for graduation, teacher candidates must complete the Oral Proficiency Interview administered by an interviewer certified by the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages. View degree requirements and course descriptions for the Spanish education concentration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Advising

All foreign languages majors are assigned an adviser in the target language and receive advising each semester.

Language Placement

Incoming freshman and transfer students

  • Students wishing to enroll in Spanish courses who do not already have college credit for the language, are required to take the online Spanish placement test. Please be sure to complete it BEFORE you meet with your advisor on your day of orientation. If it's not complete when you meet with your advisor, you will delay the course selection process. Please click here to take the Spanish placement test. 
  • Students wishing to enroll in French, German, Italian, or Russian courses who do not already have college credit for the language, are encouraged to take the online placement test
  • Please click here to take the French placement test. 
  • Please click here to take the German placement test.  
  • Please click here to take the Italian placement test. 
  • Please click here to take the Russian placement test.
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  • This test is not time consuming.
  • It is the responsibility of each student to complete the test 
  • You will need to allow some days for your score to upload to your student account.
  • If you want to have your score upload expedited, send an email to  with your name, TUID, language tested for, score, and date of completion.
  • Students with previous knowledge of any other language offered by the department who wish to enroll in a language class should contact the appropriate language coordinator listed above or the department at .

 

WHY TOWSON UniverSity?

Program Advantages

Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you a real opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.

You’ll get direct experience practicing your language skills through internships, service learning, and study abroad opportunities.