Department of Modern Languages and Classics

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, a diverse and exciting department. We feature undergraduate major concentrations in Classical civilization, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. We offer undergraduate minor concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Our Critical Languages Center offers instruction in additional less commonly taught languages, many of which are vital for national security.

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Programs

The department of modern languages and classics offers two majors leading to the bachelor of arts (BA) degree: one in Spanish and one in foreign languages and literature. The major in foreign languages and literature offers six tracks: classical civilization, French, German, Italian, Latin and Greek. Also offered are minors in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish. The department of modern languages and classics also houses the Critical Languages Center. Students pursuing majors or minors in a language are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

Critical Languages Program

Through the critical languages program, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of less-commonly-taught languages (LCTL) not available at many other institutions in the USA. These languages are offered through our membership in the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). Students can take these courses to obtain practical communicative ability of the languages, or for personal interests. Some of the languages currently offered include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Farsi (Persian), Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Nahuatl, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

The unique directed-self-study system consists of each student’s self study using assigned textbook and audio materials (CDs, DVDs or computer sound files) and required class session with a “language trainer” who is a native/near native/ (or equivalent level) speaker of the target language, to develop his or her communicative ability. The student’s language ability is evaluated at the end of the semester by a qualified professional.

During the sessions, students will actively participate using the target language. English use will be kept to a minimum in class. Language trainers will provide some measure of assessment through the semester by use of the student performance sheet reports sent to the director of the CLC and the final examiner.

Faculty

Chair and Associate Professor
  • Lightfoot, Douglas
Professors
  • Carvalho, Susan
  • Fox, Thomas C.
  • Picone, Michael D.
  • Schnepf, Michael A.
  • Summers, Kirk
  • Zupancic, Metka
Associate Professors
  • Cipria, Alicia B.
  • Corbalán, Ana M.
  • Drozd, Andrew M.
  • Edmunds, Bruce
  • Janiga-Perkins, Constance G.
  • Lazda-Cazers, Rasma
  • Mayer, Carmen
  • Moody, Sarah
  • Robin, Jean Luc
  • Rodeño, Ignacio F.
  • Summers, Tatiana
  • Worden, William
Assistant Professors
  • Drewelow, Isabelle
  • Elnaili, Safa
  • Goethals, Jessica
  • Koronkiewicz, Bryan
  • Monette, Marie-Eve
  • Montalbano, Alessandra
  • O'Rourke, Erin
  • Range, Regina
  • Renigar, Paul
  • Romanelli, Claudia
  • Shannon, Kelly

Courses

ARB
101
Hours
4
Elementary Arabic

Students will learn the spoken and written language of Modern Standard Arabic. This course is intended for students with NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Arabic. Native speakers or near native speakers of the language are NOT allowed to enroll. Any students with background knowledge of this language must see the program director BEFORE enrolling.

CHI
101
Hours
4
Elementary Chinese

Contemporary Chinese Language (Mandarin): speaking, listening, reading and writing of simplified Chinese characters. The class meets five hours per week with an instructor. This course is intended for students with NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Chinese. Native speakers or near native speakers of the language are NOT allowed to enroll. Any students with background knowledge of this language must see the program director before enrolling.

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