In most cases a major may be earned in French, German or Spanish by completing a minimum of eight units of study at the 201-level or higher, including the courses specified in the sections on each language (see below for specific details on the different major tracks in each language). Only one unit of Advanced Placement credit can count toward a major or minor. Students considering a major in a modern language are urged to consult with a faculty member in the department early in the freshman or sophomore year. Off-campus study in an approved study abroad program is either required or highly recommended for all majors and minors, depending on which major or minor track is chosen. If individual situations prevent this, it is recommended that the student speak with the department chair.
Prior to their second language study at Albion College, students are placed in the level most appropriate for their experience. Students will start at the level in which they are placed, and no retroactive credit toward major or minor programs will be awarded.
It is required that all majors have at least one semester, preferably a year, of residence in language-learning housing and credit for Modern Languages and Cultures 110. If circumstances prevent a student from living in language-learning housing, then the student must consult with the department chair.
It is recommended that all majors take cognate courses, for example in English, history, anthropology and sociology, relating to their language of study. Double majors are also encouraged.