The Modern Languages program offers courses in French, German, Spanish, and Teaching English as a Second Language. The major in Modern Languages requires a concentration in one of these areas. In addition to advanced courses in the language of the concentration students in all concentrations will take one course in a second world language (3 hours at the 110-level or above) to satisfy additional degree requirements. No grade below C- in the language of the concentration is accepted for graduation requirements for the major or minor in that language.
Students preparing to teach must have a concentration in French, German, Spanish or Teaching English as a Second Language and follow the Teacher Preparation program. Students meeting endorsement requirements will be licensed to teach a modern language or ESL at all levels from Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Second language endorsement requires 24 semester hours (at least 12 of which must be beyond intermediate level). Majors must have a 2.5 GPA, both cumulatively and in the major, prior to student teaching.
Modern Language majors are required to complete at least one regular semester in a Longwood-approved study abroad program. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 to be eligible for study abroad. Longwood sponsors regular semester study abroad programs in Europe and South America. Summer programs are likewise available throughout the world. Supporting courses are recommended in the other humanities.
The Department requires student outcomes assessment testing prior to graduation. All students will take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, which forms part of the Senior Seminar course, and complete an assessment of the study abroad semester.