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Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Majors and Minors

We offer majors and minors in classical studies, the study of ancient languages and cultures; French; German; and Spanish as well as master of arts in teaching programs in French and Spanish. We offer instruction in eight languages:

  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

To help you better understand these cultures and connect across disciplines, we also offer courses on world cultures, literature, mythology, gender studies, film, art and archaeology.

Beyond mastering a second language, courses strengthen critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills. Students learn to analyze texts, media and artifacts from multiple cultures; critically evaluate these materials from differing perspectives; and present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.

Sample Courses

CLST 101. Classical Roots of American Culture

In this course, students will consider the impact of classical literature, art and architecture on American culture from Colonial times to the antebellum era.

FREN 314. Business French

This course is designed to be a practical course that will enable students to further develop their language skills and help them function in a professional environment. Students will acquire specialized vocabulary of professions and grasp an understanding of the functioning of French companies, business practices and culture within the Francophone world. Students will also develop a professional dossier, including a CV and cover letter, and learn to write memos and correspondence. All students will also be required to conduct mock interviews. Readings will be supplemented by internet-based activities and realia from the business world. Taught in French.

MLAN 311. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This course is an introductory survey of English language learners in the United States. Students will learn about the cognitive, affective, linguistic and sociocultural processes involved in second language development. They will also gain knowledge of the effects of socio-cultural variables in community and instructional settings. A significant service component will place students in various settings such as schools, adult learning centers, and other community organizations to support English language learners in acquisition of language and cultural competencies.

SPAN 471. Hispanic Visual Culture and the Arts

Devoted to the relationship between visual artistic expressions (such as film, painting, sculpture, architecture, performance, photography and/or similar topics) and social, cultural, historical, economic and political realities in the Hispanic world. Close readings of primary sources, critical readings and class discussions will culminate in an original research paper. Taught in Spanish.

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