Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as minors in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The Department also offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish. Our goal is to offer every student the opportunity to learn a language in addition to their primary language in order to expand their world, build their cultural competency, and develop transferable professional skills.

Language Programs

Chinese

The Chinese program includes a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor. It emphasizes functional communicative skills in Chinese and offers a broad and in-depth study of Chinese language, linguistics, literature, and culture.

Acquiring functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing provides students with direct access to the Chinese people and society. They will also better understand and be able to interact with the people in mainland China, Taiwan, and Chinese communities in other countries. The study of Chinese language, linguistics, literature, and culture also broadens intellectual horizons, fosters appreciation for linguistic and cultural diversity, and helps prepare students to take their places as global citizens of the twenty-first century. Learn more >

 

French

The undergraduate program in French includes a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree and a choice of minors in French or in interdisciplinary Francophone Studies.

Acquiring functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing provides students with direct access to the French people and society. They will also better understand and be able to interact with the people in France and in French communities in other countries. The study of French language, linguistics, literature, and culture also broadens intellectual horizons, fosters appreciation for linguistic and cultural diversity, and helps prepare students to take their places as global citizens of the twenty-first century. Learn more >

Japanese

The program in Japanese includes a major for the Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor. The program places emphasis on the development of functional communicative skills in Japanese and offers in-depth study of Japanese literature, language, and civilization.

 

Acquiring functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture gives students direct access to the Japanese people and society, enabling them to better understand and interact with the people of Japan today. The study of Japanese literature, language, and civilization broadens intellectual horizons, fosters appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity, and helps equip students to take their place as global citizens of the twenty-first century. Learn more >

 

Korean

The Korean Program offers a Minor in Korean. The Minor in Korean provides students with Korean language proficiency and knowledge of Korean society and its culture. It may be of particular value to students interested in the study of languages and literatures, industry, sociology, history, culture and politics of Asia, or in employment with Korea-related businesses or government.


The study of Korean literature, language, and civilization broadens intellectual horizons, fosters appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity, and helps equip students to take their place as global citizens of the twenty-first century. Learn more >

Spanish

The Undergraduate program in Spanish includes a major for the Bachelor of Arts and a Minor for students majoring in other fields. Learn more >


The Master of Arts degree in Spanish is designed to enable students to attain a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language and literatures written in Hispanic countries and to employ it skillfully in such pursuits as teaching, writing, translating, and communications, or as preparation for doctoral study. Learn more >