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 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 consult the information in the Languages pages or the course catalog. You may also contact the Department for this information.


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, Spanish and Chinese. The Department also offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in Chinese, and beginning courses in German. 


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.

I would love to learn a foreign language, can I just sit in on one of your courses?

No, all students must officially register, even if you do not wish to obtain academic credit. Senior citizens who are Florida residents may audit a university course free of charge if there is space.   

For more information: Course Audit

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.