In an increasingly global and multicultural world, the Modern and Classical Languages Department offers the opportunity to develop language and communication skills, and to broaden knowledge of other literatures and cultures, ancient as well as modern. Students are encouraged to travel and study abroad for a semester or a summer in Europe and Latin America. Especially popular is the Bridging Cultures experience with trips organized and led by faculty members during intersession or spring break.
Students are also encouraged to take internships, which offer opportunities to gain valuable experience in practical uses of language skills. Internships often open windows to careers in such fields as international business and trade, government, information interpretation, publishing, journalism, advertising, communication, finance, translating, teaching, law, and international organizations.
Students that are pursuing a B.A. and are placed into Elementary I or Elementary II must complete an intermediate-level course in order to satisfy the language requirement. Students that are placed into an intermediate-level course, or an advanced-level course, only need to complete that course to satisfy the language requirement.
The minimum passing grade for elementary courses and for courses satisfying the core language requirement is a C-. In order to continue in the major and minor, students must obtain a minimum grade of C in their departmental courses.
Senior language majors who have a cumulative index of 3.5 in courses taken in the department and an A- on the senior thesis will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation.
Graduating majors share their experience in the department with faculty members through an exit interview and the presentation of a portfolio.
Students majoring in languages often pursue a second major in communication arts, business, international studies, psychology or social work.
Language students who complete their requirement for the B.A. degree in a language may wish to pursue New York State Teacher Certification to teach on the high school or middle school levels.