Amy Williamson, Chair
Associate Professor (2001)
Professor, Director of the McMillan Center for Education Abroad (2002)
Assistant Professor, TESOL Program Coordinator (2009)
Administrative Assistant (2019)
In preparing and equipping students to engage in the greater global community, the Department of Modern Languages is guided by three main goals:
- To acquaint non-language majors with a culture, language and literature other than their own;
- To provide language majors with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective communication in another language;
- To provide adequate training for those who plan to continue their language study in graduate school and for those who plan to enter professional fields that require the mastery of another language.
Those who continue in the same language they studied in high school should consult with the instructor in that language before registration in order to determine their placement. In general, one year of high school work is considered equivalent to one semester of university work.
Students who have taken two years or more of a modern foreign language in high school may take the CLEP test for that language. Depending on the test score, up to 12 semester hours of university credit may be obtained. This proficiency examination must be taken before receiving upper level university credit in that language.
Most graduate schools require their students to have a working knowledge (12 semester hours or the equivalent) of one foreign language for the master’s degree or two for the doctorate.
Most seminaries require that their candidates for the degree of Doctor of Theology have a working knowledge of two foreign languages in addition to Greek and Hebrew. The catalog of the graduate school or seminary that one expects to attend should be consulted for specific requirements.
Study Abroad Programs
Mississippi College offers numerous opportunities for education abroad. The McMillan Center for Education Abroad (The Mac Center) is the base of operations for these programs. The Mac Center works with students and faculty to provide opportunities for study abroad, internships abroad, and service abroad, during fall, spring or summer terms. Students can choose to study in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom (London semester), as well as other pre-approved programs. Specific study abroad programs include the Austrian Studies Program at Salzburg College in Austria, Colegio Delibes in Spain, USAC in Costa Rica and an exchange program with Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
The Classical Languages
The courses in the classical languages are designed to acquaint students with the languages utilized in the Hellenistic world of ancient Greece and Rome. The course offerings are designed to develop reading competence in either Koine Greek, Latin, or Biblical Hebrew. Through the window of these languages, the student is exposed to the conceptualization of the ideas and culture of the Greco-Roman world and the influences of that world upon the languages, literature, and life of the modern world.
Classical Languages Minor Requirements
Students planning to minor in classical languages should check with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
The Modern Languages
The courses in modern languages are designed to meet both cultural and practical needs. Students may expect to learn not only to read in the target language, but also to understand the spoken language and to express themselves in it with some facility.
Ordinarily, 37 semester hours are required for a major in the Department of Modern Languages. However, students whose background in a language enables them to begin their course of study beyond the intermediate level will be considered to have satisfied the requirements for a major when they have completed 25 semester hours. Students may elect majors in the Department of Modern Languages as follows:
Foreign Language and International Trade (B.A.)
International Studies (B.A.)
Language, Writing and Linguistics (B.A.)
Modern Languages (B.A.)
- Students who elect to major in Foreign Language and International Trade (F.L.I.T.) must complete 36 semester hours of a modern language or 30 semester hours beyond the elementary level. F.L.I.T. majors may elect to complete 36 semester hours in one language or to complete the 36 semester hours in two languages. In that case, students must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours in one language and a minimum of 15 semester hours in another. However, students whose background in a language enables them to begin their course of study at the intermediate level will have satisfied the requirements for a major when they have completed 30 semester hours in the two languages.
- Students who elect to major in French must complete 24 semester hours of French courses numbered higher than 202.
- Students who elect to complete a major in Modern Languages must complete 21 semester hours in one language and 15 semester hours in another.
- Students who elect to major in Spanish must complete 24 semester hours of Spanish courses numbered higher than 202.
- Students who elect to major in the Department of Modern Languages must complete a minor as specified in a related department with the approval of their advisor. Education courses required for an educator license will not satisfy the requirements for a minor in the Department of Modern Languages. A minor in English or TESOL is recommended for students planning to teach.
- Certain majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages have a mandatory study abroad requirement, but all students majoring in the Department of Modern Languages are strongly encouraged to spend at least one term studying overseas through an approved study-abroad program.
Modern Languages Minor Requirements
The Department of Modern Languages offers minors in French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and TESOL. Students minoring in a modern language must have 18 semester hours of university credit in that language, with at least 6 of the 18 hours at the 300 level or higher. Students minoring in Chinese, German or Japanese must take at least 6 hours abroad to fulfill the minor requirements.
By invitation of the Honors Council; see Junior and Senior Departmental Honors Program section of Undergraduate Catalog.
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