Judith Caballero, Ph.D.
Priscilla M. Fermon, Ph.D.
David W. Wood, Ph.D., Chair
Visiting Assitant Professor
Sabino Luévano-Ortega, Ph.D.
Language requirement and placement test: The Department of Modern Languages administers its own placement test. The test is compulsory for students who wish to continue their work in a language they studied in high school. Students beginning a new language are not required to take the placement test. Students who score high enough on the AP, IB, CLEP, or the Millsaps French and Spanish Placement tests may satisfy the non-native language requirement for the B.A. degree. Through the French and Spanish placement tests, students will be placed into 1000, 1010, 2000 or higher. Students may present the equivalent of Millsaps basic and intermediate language courses taken at other institutions, thereby satisfying the language requirement for the B.A. degree. To satisfy the language requirement for the B.A. degree, students must demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level by successfully completing a language course in 2000, 2110 or 2140 or its equivalent. The language requirement may also be fulfilled with a language course taken at a higher level. Spanish and French AP courses in which the student has earned the appropriate exams scores may count toward major or minor requirements. A score of 4 or 5 on the language or literature exam would grant the student credit for 2000, 2110, and 2140. The non-native language requirement would also be satisfied but no course credit given for 1000 or 1010. A score of 3 would earn the student course credit for 2000 and the non-native requirement waived.
Study Abroad: Transfer of credit for language courses taken abroad and not taught at Millsaps is subject to departmental pre-approval. A course description must be submitted for pre-approval to the department chair. Students taking languages abroad that are not offered at Millsaps may satisfy the language proficiency requirement for the B.A. degree by completing pre-approved courses equivalent to three semesters or satisfy the Non-Native Language requirement of the Compass curriculum by completing pre-approved courses equivalent to two semesters of college level coursework and submitting to the Office of Records supporting documentation including relevant transcripts, syllabi, certificate, and/or diploma proving successful completion of the course. Course approval must be obtained from the chair of the Department of Modern Languages prior to study abroad via the Millsaps Study Abroad Approval Forms. French minors and Spanish majors wishing to take courses in programs not administered by Millsaps College language faculty, whether here or abroad, must seek and receive pre-approval from their French or Spanish adviser and the chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Students must present copies of syllabi for evaluation by the French or Spanish faculty and the Department Chair, who may elect to accept or reject the course for credit toward the French minor or Spanish major or minor. For more information about study abroad, see sections on the Office of International Education and Study Abroad.
Spanish Teacher Certification: Students who wish to teach Spanish in secondary schools can receive secondary licensure in Spanish with a Spanish major and a minor in Education (Licensure) from Millsaps. Students interested in this option should see the Educator Preparation Program and contact the Millsaps Director of Programs in Education for further information.