UMBC's Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL) offers a program that has received national recognition for its creative and innovative curriculum.
Of course, our courses in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Wolof, and American Sign Language focus on language use and on day-to-day cultural life.
But, in addition, every language major at UMBC takes a core of classes that put language and culture into context.
Upper-level students take courses on subjects like Don Quijote, French culture in the Caribbean, and the German media, but there are also classes in linguistics, anthropology, and cultural studies that examine a broad range of issues in human communication.
The excitement of an interdisciplinary language program has translated into an M.A. curriculum in Intercultural Communication, the only such degree program in the U.S. located in a language department. Graduates of this program go on to complete doctoral degrees in media, language, anthropology, education, etc., and take jobs as language teachers, intercultural trainers in the health professions, study abroad coordinators, and business consultants.
Finally, the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics plays a central role in a cooperative Ph.D. program in Language, Literacy, and Culture, which is designed for professionals in education, industry, business, government, and other organizations who want to work on questions of discourse and diversity in the context of the cultural issues that they raise.
For official curriculum for this major, please visit the online undergraduate catalog. This site is your one-stop location for academic policies, major requirements, academic support services, and the first year experience.
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