Many advising and placement questions concerning the 12 languages we offer cannot be answered by a single person. It is best to contact an advisor for the language you wish to take.
Advising information by language:
- Arabic - Olivia Monem (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chinese - Owen Guo (email@example.com)
- Classics (Latin and ancient Greek) - Dr. Andrew Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- French - Dr. Janell Watson (email@example.com)
- German - Dr. Debra Stoudt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Modern Greek - Dr. Maria Hatzios (email@example.com)
- Hebrew - Ester Hallerman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Italian - Dr. Melissa Coburn (email@example.com)
- Japanese - Yasuko Kumazawa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Russian - Dr. Nuysua Milman-Miller (email@example.com) or Dr. Robert Efird (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When can I declare a major or a minor?
We accept the change of major or minor form any time other than the first week of fall and spring semesters. Fill out this form and bring it to 331 Major Williams Hall.
What languages can I major in?
Classics (Latin and ancient Greek), French, German or Spanish.
What languages can I minor in?
Classics, Latin, French, business French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
Can I major or minor in Arabic / Chinese / Japanese / Italian?
No. We hope to have a minor in these languages in a few years. For us to be able to offer a major or a minor in a course, we need to have the faculty to teach the courses and to have the courses officially approved. This process takes several years.
Can I major in Russian?
No, but we hope to have a major in a few years. This depends on our ability to hire more faculty.
I've already studied a language. What level should I sign up for?
See the Placement guide. It is best to also consult with an advisor. If you are in Spanish, there is a diagnostic placement test you must take before being admitted into Spanish 2105 or 3105. This test will be offered on August 19-20 and during the first week of classes. Specific information about the Spanish diagnostic placement tests can be found here and on the Spanish program web page: http://www.fll.vt.edu/Spanish.
I would like to study a higher level of Arabic / Chinese / Japanese / Italian than what is offered. Can I do an independent study?
In some cases instructors will consent to do an independent study, but this is the exception. Independent studies are very time intensive for faculty. You can check with the faculty member to see but please do not be disappointed if she or he says no. Some instructors receive many such requests.
I am interested in study abroad.
The course I want to take is full. What do I do?
If you wish to get into a full first-year class, you should attend the class and continue to go to Hokie SPA to see if a seat opens up. Instructors will not be signing force ads. We automatically drop students who are absent either the first or second day of classes. This makes room for other students wishing to add the class. Students will add classes on a first-come, first-serve basis as students are dropped from class. Many seats open up through this process. We urge students to be persistent online about getting into classes. The Spanish program has a slightly different policy.