Studying Modern Languages
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs of study in a variety of languages, literatures, and cultures. Its foundational courses teach students to comprehend, read, write, and speak effectively in another language, and its advanced courses help students begin to think across cultures and critically analyze major literary texts and other cultural productions. The Department also provides students with a greater awareness and appreciation of diverse peoples and cultures, as well as a greater sensitivity towards the problems and issues facing the world today.
Students may pursue a B.A. in French Studies or a B.A. in Spanish. We offer minors in French, Italian, Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Philippine Studies. Additionally, many languages are offered as part of the consortium shared with Lehman College and Manhattan College, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Japanese, Latin, and Russian.
Modern language degrees offer many advantages to a wide range of careers including teaching, publishing, translating and interpreting, international business and marketing, medicine and healthcare, law and criminal justice. A background in modern languages also serves those seeking employment in a variety of non-profit organizations, the United States government, and the United Nations. Modern language degrees better prepare students for advanced study in the fields of education, literature, linguistics, cultural studies, international relations, peace studies, and conflict resolution, as well as graduate research in the social sciences and the humanities.
All students at the College of Mount Saint Vincent are encouraged to study abroad. The Department regularly runs faculty-led winter and summer programs in Italy and Spain, and collaborates with the Study Abroad Office to help students explore the many semester abroad and summer study abroad opportunities that are available to them. We are also the Department of Record for courses offered in Segovia, Spain, and Montpellier, France, through IPSL.
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