Modern Languages & Literatures

Program Overview

The Modern Languages and Literatures department offers the following programs:

Majors

  • French
  • Spanish

Minors

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Additionally, the department offers foundation courses in Chinese, German and Irish, and works with students in the School of Education and Health who have elected to do a language concentration. Latin, Hebrew and Russian are offered in cooperation with Lehman College at Lehman College's campus. Students enrolled in those courses will follow Lehman College's catalog and schedule.

Language courses are oriented towards the achievement of oral and written proficiency. The goals of the department of Modern Languages and Literatures are to develop the ability to understand, speak, read and write effectively in a language other than English; to provide better understanding of other cultures and other modes of expression in order to broaden international understanding; and to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in education, international business, communication, government, social services and related fields.