Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures

 A Major in Foreign Languages

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers three options for a Bachelor of Arts; each option requires 30 hours above the 100 levels:

(1) Foreign Languages: Spanish concentration (guide - pdf) (guide for heritage speakers - pdf)

(2) Foreign Languages: French concentration

(3) Foreign Languages: Two-language concentration. A minimum of 30 hours are required at the sophomore (200) level and above, including 18 hours at the 300- and 400-level. Of these 18 hours, at least 12 must be in a single language. Concentration 1: Latin plus any other language; concentration 2: German plus any other language; concentration 3: German alone. Students are required to complete a departmental Senior Capstone in their senior year. See an adviser for details. For students participating in Southern Miss study abroad programs in Germany or Austria, all 30 hours for this concentration may be earned in German. Six hours in German must be earned at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.


The program aims to provide students with sufficient language skills and cultural insights to give them sound foundations for a wide range of careers. It is designed to meet the following objectives:

(1) prepare students (in combination with other disciplines) for industrial, commercial and government employment in which knowledge of a foreign language and culture is a distinct advantage;
(2) prepare students to teach foreign languages in secondary schools;
(3) prepare students for graduate study in languages, literatures, cultural studies, and related fields.

The department offers curricula from the beginning through the advanced levels in French, Spanish, and German. The department also regularly offers Latin through the intermediate levels.

Three-year Course Rotation: Spanish (pdf)

Three-year Course Rotation: French (pdf)

A Minor in Foreign Languages

A minor is 18 hours in one language (Spanish, French, German, or Russian) including 100 level courses. A Classics minor is available for 21 hours.

Guide to the Spanish minor - pdf

CLEP Examinations, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit in Foreign Languages

Students with previous language study or background may earn up to a total of 12 hours of college credit in Spanish, French or German by taking a CLEP examination. Students may take the CLEP examination on campus in the Walker Science Building at any time during their course of study. Students are also given credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) high school degree programs. For complete details regarding how to take the CLEP examination in foreign languages as well as AP and IB course credit, consult the "B.A. and the Foreign Language Requirement" link on our website or speak to the chair in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures or an Admissions officer.