Majors & Programs
Jacksonville University’s Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a dynamic and rigorous, yet flexible program of study which imparts to students an understanding of a global society and interdependent world.
Most students who major or minor in a foreign language are strongly encouraged to study abroad. JU has programs in Europe, Mexico, and South America which allow students, accompanied by JU professors, to study in these countries and live with host families during five- to six-week summer sessions. The University also participates in academic credit study abroad programs that offer summer or semester study opportunities tailored especially for each student.
Independent study projects are encouraged, especially those that cross disciplines and permit students to receive academic credit both in the chosen foreign language and in another area such as history, political science, biology or business.
About the Curriculum
At JU, formal majors in Spanish are offered. Foreign language majors take basic courses to attain a necessary fluency in a chosen foreign language. Subsequent courses may be chosen based on personal interests and needs, including courses that explore cultural and literary dimensions of and in the language. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged, and students are assisted in developing programs of study in which courses complement each other. Foreign language and literature students are encouraged to pursue a double major.
A placement test is available for students who have previous knowledge of a language. Students who place at the 300-level may receive six hours of credit, corresponding to the intermediate level of language, upon successful completion of an upper-level course.
Students who plan to teach Spanish at the secondary level should consult with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements.