Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses focused on languages, literatures, and cultures found throughout the modern world. The department offers majors in French, German Studies, and Spanish; it also participates in the Asian Studies major, the English for Speakers of Other Languages and Latin American Studies concentrations. Extensive offerings are also available in Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics, and the study of Asian film and literature along with beginning courses in Hindi and Italian.
All incoming freshman and transfer students who have previously studied French, German, Japanese or Spanish should take a placement test in that language. Placement tests are mandatory for any student who intends to continue in a language previously studied. The placement test determines the lowest level at which students may receive credit and where they will begin their study of a language at Furman. Students may opt to begin a new language.
Students who have previously studied Chinese or Japanese will meet with the appropriate language coordinator to determine placement.
Students may not enroll in a modern language course on a pass-no pass grading option until they have satisfied the general education requirement in foreign language.
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