The aim of the Modern Languages Major is twofold: to enable students to develop proficiency in the four language skills–aural, oral, speaking, and writing–in two modern languages (Concentration A and Concentration B), and to develop cultural literacy. Two of the following languages offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures can be combined for the Modern Languages major: Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Students start Concentration A at least in the third semester (CHIN 2103 , FREN 2103 , GRMN 2103 , ITAL 2103 , SPAN 2103 ) and Concentration B at least in the first semester (CHIN 2101 , FREN 2101 , GRMN 2101 , ITAL 2101 , SPAN 2101 ).
Through a structured and carefully planned group of course offerings and a strong recommendation to participate for a semester or a summer in study abroad programs, the Modern Languages Major will prepare students for a world in which intercultural understanding provides the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.
The program will encourage and advise students to embark in study abroad experiences, research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and community-based learning opportunities that will prepare them to speak, understand, and write two foreign languages as well as linguistically analyze them, to know the principal aspects of some of the cultures where those languages are spoken, and to exercise intercultural awareness.
The major is highly desirable for those interested in international communications and access to immigrant populations, in areas including but not limited to business, teaching, social work, theology, law, theatre, and the visual arts. Competence in more than one foreign language, a keen awareness of cultures, and an understanding of the structure of language itself is a compelling combination of skills that will prepare the student for employment in a globalized economy.
Modern Languages majors who have German in their choice of languages and a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible once per year for the Conrad Lester merit-based scholarship.
Students who need more semester hours to complete the Modern Languages major due to their initial language placement must take additional upper division elective courses in that language concentration. If no upper division elective courses in the language are offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, students may fulfill up to four credits by taking a course offered outside the Department in the appropriate cultural studies area. Students must have pre-approval from the Modern Languages Program Coordinator and the Department Chair prior to taking a course.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division courses taken for the major’s A and B language concentration areas.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be maintained in all upper division courses taken for the major’s A and B language concentration areas.
A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in both MDLG required courses (MDLG 3400 and FNLT 4200 or MDLG 4400).
This minimum grade requirement applies to courses taken from the Department’s Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish program offerings; to pre-approved (by the MDLG Coordinator and Department Chair) LMU courses taken outside the Department; and to any pre-approved LMU or non-LMU Study Abroad program courses where letter grades are given.
The minimum grade requirement of C (2.0) applies to any course substitution. A course substitution must be approved by the Modern Langugae Program Coordinator and Department Chair prior to the student taking the course. Note that permission is granted only in extraordinary cases.