BA in Modern Languages and Cultures includes a major (24 credits) and a minor (12 credits) track. The major track is a comprehensive program leading to linguistic and cultural fluency in one of the following languages: French, Italian, Russian or Spanish (New York City campus). The minor track options are either a second language or an interdisciplinary study of one of the following tracks: Italian Studies; Francophone Studies; Hispanic Studies; or Slavic Studies (NYC only).
Small class size enables faculty to provide students with individualized instruction and attention. Among our top priorities is teaching in a supportive atmosphere. Our faculty provides students with the opportunities to participate in independent research and service learning, as well as aid them in future career decisions. A number of courses are offered online.
We strongly encourage our students to take advantage of enriching travel experiences. Students can take part in study-abroad programs lasting for a week, a semester, a summer, or a full year. We also offer culture/travel courses that culminate in a ten-day in-country immersion trip during the spring and winter breaks.
The department organizes many events and cultural activities throughout the year, including International Poetry Day; International Career Day; Slavic Day; film festivals; French and Spanish conversation hours; Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society; and excursions to plays and museums. Renowned scholars, playwrights, poets, novelists, and stage and screen directors visit the department as guest lectures.
Graduates of the program find rewarding careers in corporate, education, and government settings, while others go on to law, professional or graduate schools. Internships enhance learning by providing the hands-on experience necessary in today’s competitive job market. Together with Career Services, we sponsor an annual workshop on International Careers.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in the United States and abroad in areas as diverse as business, teaching, and the nonprofit sector.