Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a major in French or Spanish?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014: job opportunities in teaching will be from good to excellent. In fact, 479,000 additional teacher positions will be created between 2008 and 2016, more than all but a few occupations. Many of these positions will be in the language area. Also, employment of interpreters and translators will increase 18% to 26%. Language knowledge is consistently viewed as an asset in career involving marketing, human resources, merchandising, journalism, and so forth. In his recent book The Post-American World as well as on an article on “How to Restore the American Dream,” prominent journalist Fareed Zakaria underscores the importance of learning at least another language in order to succeed in the 21st century.  For more information, review our Career Information page.

 

How do I know which course to take first?

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a free online placement exam that indicates the level at which students should begin their French or Spanish studies. Students with prior experience in Chinese are placed by program director, Dr. Yongan Wu.

 

What are the requirements for a French Studies or Spanish major?

You may peruse the information provided under the Languages pages on this website. (Select your area of study to begin.)

 

What courses are offered this semester?

The courses offered during any given semester are identified in the Course Catalog. You may also contact the Department office.

 

Is there language tutoring help available at UNF?

Tutoring is available through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).

 

Which languages are taught at UNF?

Currently, the Department offers majors in French Studies and Spanish as well as minors in French and Spanish. The Department also offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in Chinese, and beginning courses in German and Latin. Beginning in fall 2011, the Department will offer a minor in Chinese language, literature, and culture.

 

Who may use the Foreign Language Laboratory?

Any student enrolled in language courses at the University of North Florida may use the Foreign Language Laboratory during the hours when it is open.

Does the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offer free translation services?

The Department does not offer free translation services. You may contact the Department office, however, with questions pertaining to translation. The Department may be able to refer interested parties to appropriate agencies or individuals.

Who do I contact with other questions?

For more information about placement in French, Spanish, or other languages, please consult with the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.