FAQs

  1. How do I declare a language Minor or Major?
  2. Where is the language lab?
  3. Are there language tutors to help me?
  4. Is there a fee for tutoring?
  5. May I take more than one lower level language class in the same semester?
  6. How do I obtain my Professor's office hours?
  7. Is there a placement test I can take?
  8. I took a language in High school...
  9. How do I drop a course after late registration?
  10. What is the difference between a withdrawal and drop?
  11. Do you offer Arabic or Chinese?
  12. How do I contact my professors if I will be out for an extended period of time that will cause me to miss significant class time?
  13. What if I have an emergency and need to drop a course after the add drop period?
  14. I would like to work in your department as a Student Assistant or Work Study...
  15. I have been placed on academic probation, what do I need to do?
  16. I need a language course and the class I need is closed for registration. How do I obtain an Override?
  17. What is a QR or Mobile Code and how are they used?
  18. I speak Spanish in my home, and I was educated in all of my high school curriculum in Spanish, outside of the United States. What class should I take to satisfy my foreign language requirement?
  19. I am minoring in Spanish and am enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at VSU. Should I switch to the Spanish for Professionals Certificate?
  20. I am a graduate student in Education and would like to take the Spanish for Professioanls and TESOL Certificate Programs. Do you offer the courses at the graduate level?

     


How do I declare a language minor?

Come to the MCL office and obtain a "Declaration of Major/Minor form" (or download one here). The form will need to be signed by the language adviser and turned into the Registrar's Office for processing.

Where is the language lab?

The language lab is located in West Hall Room 140.

Are there tutors in the lab to help me?

Tutors are available in Langdale Hall on the 2nd floor in the Student Success Center. You can contact the Center directly for hours at 333-7570.

Is there a fee for tutoring?

No, tutoring is included in your student fees.

May I take more than one lower level language class in the same semester?

No, courses are offered in sequence. The only exception is Summer which is broken up into three separate semester terms. Lower level classes are 1001, 1002, and 2001.

How do I find out when my professor has office hours?

Office hours are posted on the door of the professors office, on the bulletin board in the MCL office (WH128) and here on the website. Office hours change each semester. In most cases, if you cannot make it during office hours, you can e-mail or call your professor for an appointment.

Is there a test I can take to find out what level class I should take?

Yes, there is a placement test. Anyone taking a language course may take the test. It is recommended even if you have had a language in high school. If you would like to take the test, contact the department secretary to set up a time and date.

If I took a language in high school, may I take a 1001 level course for credit towards my degree major?

No, however the 1002 level course may count. Please contact an advisor in the language department to assist you in choosing the appropriate course for your level. Your academic advisor in your department may or may not know the answer to this question. The basic policy is, if you have not had a foreign language in more than five (5) years, you may be able to take a1001 level course. Other policies may apply with regard to this question. One way to gauge the five year policy is by your high schoolo graduation date. For example: today is February 7, 2012, if you graduated in 2006, you may qualify to take a beginning level course.

How do I drop a course after late registration?

After late registration courses may no longer be dropped and students must withdraw from the course. Classes may be dropped using the WEB withdrawal process up to a specific date each semester. This date may be included in your syllabus. If you need information on using WEB withdrawal and the dates it is available, please contact the Registrars Office or see your adviser.

What is the difference between a withdrawal and drop?

A withdrawal is noted on your transcript, a drop is not. When you withdraw on the web after the official drop add period you are withdrawing from the course and not dropping the course. Please contact the Registrars Office at 333.5727 for further clarification, or consult your course catalog.

Do you offer Arabic or Chinese?

Yes, contact the Center for International Programs at 333-7410 for more information on these new programs.

How do I contact my professors if I will be out for an extended period of time that will cause me to miss significant class time?

You should contact the Office of Student Affairs and they can instruct you as to the best way to make the necessary notifications. If you are going to miss just one class, you may call the office and leave a message for the Professor.

What if I have need to add/drop after late registration?

Once the drop/add period has ended, students may not drop/add a class unless they complete both an add/drop form and a petition for late registration. On this form, they must give a reason why they are registering or dropping a class beyond the deadlines. The forms must be signed by department heads or appropriate directors, the Dean, and the VPAA.

I would like to work in your department as a Student Assistant or Work Study...

Contact the office of Student Employment, if you are eligible for Work Study contact the office of Financial Aid. We do hire both work study students and student assistants for both our language lab and our office. Limited positions are available. If you are a language major, and have completed course work in the upper division here at VSU, and are interested in tutoring in your language, contact student employment about openings at the Student Success Center.

I have been placed on academic Probation, what should I do?

Notify your advisor prior to registering for any classes. It is not advisable to attempt courses while on probation without working with your advisor to create a plan to improve. Many times students will not seek out their advisor when problems like this arise. Just remember, this is your college career. The achievements, as well as the failures, will influence your future and the choices you will have.

I need a language course and the class I need is closed for registration. How do I obtain an Override?

Overrides are processed via an online form. Students needing to gain entry to a closed class must use the form during open registration. Once registration is closed, manual registration through the registrar is required.

What is a QR or Mobile Code and how are they used?

MCL used QR or Mobile Codes on all it's print materials. Mobile codes are basically bar codes that can be scanned by an app loaded into your Smart Phone. The codes on MCL materials will take you either to a page on our website where more information can be found on a specific topic, or to our main page for news and announcements.

I speak Spanish in my home, and I was educated in all of my high school curriculum in Spanish, outside of the United States. What class should I take to satisfy my foreign language requirement?

Students who went to a high school outside of the US, where all courses were taught in a language other than English, may NOT take a 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002 level course in that same language to satisfy the language requirement for ANY program of study at VSU. Students who wish to take another language, other then the one they speak naturally, may take 1001+ level courses. Students who wish to satisfy their requirement in the native language may do so, but must initially take a placement test. Students who are fluent or heritage speakers typically begin at the 2010 level or higher in Spanish and 2002 level in French. The student's academic advisor would submit a waiver for the lower division courses, making the upper division courses appropriate to satisfy the foreign language requirement.

I am minoring in Spanish and am enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at VSU. Should I switch to the Certificate?

Yes, unless you have already completed all of the required courses under the minor, in that case you may want to continue the minor and take some of the certificate course work as part of your elective options

I am a graduate student in Education and would like to take the Spanish for Professioanls and TESOL Certificate Programs. Do you offer the courses at the graduate level?

The Certificate for Spanish in the professions is only offered at the undergraduate level; however, graduate students are welcome to take the courses and earn the certificate. The TESOL is offered two ways: as an 18 hour stand alone certificate, or as a 9 hour endorsement for those already certified to teach in Georgia. These course are offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels.