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Faculty

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Chair

Ana María Schwartz

Professors

Alan S. Bell
Thomas T. Field
Edward Larkey
John H. Sinnigen

Associate Professors

Omar Ka
Stanley McCray
Ana Oskoz
Sara Z. Poggio
Denis Provencher
Elaine Rusinko
Judith M. Schneider
Anna M. Shields
Robert A. Sloane
John Stolle-McAllister
Germán Westphal
Steven Young

Lecturers

William Brown
Milvia Hernández
Samir Ol Omari
Susanne S. Sutton
Kyung-Eun Yoon

Assistant Professors

Nicoleta Bazgan
Zakaria Fatih
Adriana Medina-López-Portillo

Senior Lecturers

Marie de Verneil
Brigitte May
Rosalie Messick

Courses in this program are listed under ARBC and CHIN and FREN and GERM and HEBR and JPNS and KORE and LING and MLL and RUSS and SPAN and WOL.

In an increasingly interdependent world, the study of languages and cultures, including the heritage languages and cultures of immigrants to the United States, is a fundamental part of every student’s education. Knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with different societies equip university graduates for more intelligent choices as citizens of today’s world, and enhance their effectiveness in a range of career fields, including law, journalism, business, education, health care, banking, social work, management, international administration and many others in the public and private sectors. The study of linguistics and human communication provides perspectives and tools of analysis useful in every human endeavor. The Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) offers an innovative, multi-disciplinary program with a triple focus: language, literature and society. Courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Linguistics, Russian, Spanish and Wolof, as well as a range of culture and general education courses under the designation MLL (Modern Languages and Linguistics). Majors in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication share a common interdisciplinary core of courses (MLL 190, 230 and 301), which provides a grounding in essential issues of human communication and social context. There are four options for the MLLI major:

  • One-language option in French, German, Russian or Spanish

  • Two-language option

  • Language and cultural studies

  • Applied linguistics


  • The department also offers a minor, a certificate in language studies (Chinese/French/German/Korean/Russian/Spanish), and a certificate in Intercultural Communication. Additionally, the program in modern languages combines exceptionally well with major programs in many other departments, where knowledge of another language and culture is often a valuable asset.

    The courses listed as MLL, taught in English, provide offerings of general interest to both the major and non-major. These courses present a wide international and intercultural perspective on aspects of language, linguistics, world literature, culture and film.

    Major Program

    All majors who pursue the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication take a common core of courses, as follows:

  • MLL 190 The World of Language I
  • MLL 230 World Language Communities
  • MLL 301 Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music.
  • Although not required for the major, MLL 191: The World of Language II is highly recommended.

  • Students may select one of four options for the major:

    One-Language Option (Total credits: 39-42)

    French Interconnections With the World (42 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 6 credits: FREN 301, 302
  • 12 credits of foundation courses: FREN 310, 320, 330, 340
  • 3 credits of experiential learning: FREN 399
  • 6 credits of elective FREN courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • 6 credits of elective FREN courses at the 400-level

  • German (40 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 13 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302, 303
  • 6 credits: GERM 311, 312
  • 6 credits: GERM 401, 481
  • Note: 400-level courses routinely require a term paper or equivalent written assignment.
  • 6 credits of elective GERM courses at the 300 or 400 level

  • Russian (38 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 12 credits: RUSS 301, 302, 401, 402
  • 2 credits from RUSS 303, 304, 403
  • 9 credits from RUSS 270, 271, 310, 311
  • 3 credits of elective RUSS courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • 3 credits: RUSS 350 Complementary Russian Reading

  • Spanish (43 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 22 credits: SPAN 202, 301, 302, 307, 308, 311, 312
  • 6 credits: SPAN 401, 421
  • 6 credits of elective SPAN courses at the 300 or 400 level

  • *Note: 400-level courses routinely require a term paper or equivalent written assignment.



    Two-Language Option (Total credits: 39-42)


    French Interconnections With the World (42 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 6 credits: FREN 301, 302
  • 12 credits foundation courses: FREN 310, 320, 330, 340
  • 3 credits elective FREN courses, at the 400 level
  • 12 credits in a second language (above 202)

  • German (40 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 13 credits: GERM 202, 301, 302, 303
  • 6 credits: GERM at the 300- and 400-level, with at least three credits at the 400-level and with at least one course in literature and one course in civilization
  • 12 credits in a second language (above 202) taught in the target language

  • Russian (39 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 9 credits from RUSS 301, 302, 401, 402
  • 2 credits from RUSS 303, 304, 403
  • 6 credits from RUSS/MLL 270, 271, OR ANY 300- or 400-level RUSS course.
  • 1 credit RUSS 350
  • 12 credits in a second language (above 202) taught in the target language

  • Spanish (43 credits)
  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • 9 credits: SPAN 202, 301, 302, 401
  • 3 credits: SPAN 311 or 312
  • 6 credits: SPAN at the 300 or 400 level, to be chosen in consultation with the student’ s advisor. At least one course must be at the 400 level.
  • 12 credits in a second language (above 202) taught in the target language.


  • Language and Cultural Studies (Total credits: 39)

  • 12 credits: MLL 190, 191, 230, 301
  • 12 upper-level credits in one modern language other than English (e.g., CHIN, FREN, GERM, KORE, RUSS, SPAN).
  • 15 elective credits minimum – nine or more at the 300 or 400 level – in MLL, LING and/or modern language courses as part of a major program designed in consultation with a departmental advisor.
  • Up to two appropriate courses from other disciplines may be applied to the major with written approval of the student’ s advisor.


  • Applied Linguistics (Total credits: 39)

  • 9 credits: MLL 190, 230, 301
  • Although not required, MLL 191 is highly recommended.
  • 21 credits: LING 210, 290, 310, 320, 360, 410, and either 450 or 490
  • 9 credits of other LING courses, three credits of which must be on the 400 level.

  • *One cognate course in another discipline (e.g., MLL 413, PHIL 445, PSYC 316, ENGL 407, ENGL 490) and up to two language-specific linguistics courses (e.g., FREN/GERM/SPAN/ RUSS 331, 332, 438) may be used as substitutes for an equivalent number of the required LING courses with the approval of a designated LING major advisor.

    All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the requirement for the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Students must earn a grade of "C" to continue in the next course in a basic language sequence (101-202).


    Minor Program

    A minor in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) allows students to develop proficiency in a foreign language, to learn about the nature of language and to become familiar with the societies in which different languages are spoken. A minor in MLLI will assist students in developing communication skills and in understanding the complexities of an increasingly interdependent, multilingual and multicultural world. It will enrich students’ learning experience and enhance their career potential.

    The MLLI language minor requires a total of 22 credits:

  • 3 credits: one MLL core course (MLL 190, 191, 230, 301)
  • The rest of the required courses must be chosen from one language area:
  • FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN 202
  • FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN 301
  • FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN 302
  • 9 credits in electives in FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN at the 300 or 400 level


  • The MLLI applied linguistics minor will require a total of 21 credits:

  • 3 credits: MLL 190
  • 12 credits: LING 210, 290, 310, 320
  • 6 credits chosen from other LING courses at the 300 or 400 level.

  • A cognate course in another discipline (e.g., MLL 413, PHIL 455, PSYC 316, ENGL 490) or a language-specific linguistics course (e.g. FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN 331, 332, 438) may substitute for one of the LING courses with the approval of a designated LING major advisor.


    The MLLI minor in Chinese language and culture will require a total of 18 credits

  • 3 credits: one MLL core course (MLL 190, 191, 230 or 301)
  • 6 credits: CHIN 301, CHIN 302
  • 9 credits in CHIN or MLL (CHIN) electives:
  • CHIN 309 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 319 Chinese Translation
  • CHIN 300 Independent Study
  • MLL 328 Traditional Chinese Fiction and Drama

  • Students may petition the MLLI department to have relevant courses from other disciplines be counted for the minor in Chinese Language and Culture.

    All students desiring to complete a minor in MLLI-language, applied linguistics, or Chinese language and culture must have a designated minor advisor and select courses with the approval of that advisor. All courses submitted by a student in fulfillment of the requirement for the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

    Note: Minor through study abroad. Students at the appropriate level may complete up to 15 credits of a minor in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication through a semester of study abroad.



    Certificate Programs

    Certificate in Intercultural Communication (18-19 credits)

    This certificate program is intended for students who wish to combine the study of intercultural communication with advanced foreign language study.

    A competence in intercultural communication is indispensable for functioning effectively in an era of economic, social and cultural globalization. Language study together with instruction in issues of communication across cultures will help students acquire useful knowledge and skills in their careers and in their lives as citizens.
    Requirements:
  • 6 credits: MLL 305, MLL 306
  • 4 credits: CHIN/FREN/GERM/HEBR/KORE/RUSS/SPAN 202
    (A more advanced student may substitute a three-credit higher-level language course)
  • 3 credits: CHIN/FREN/GERM/HEBR/KORE/RUSS/SPAN 301
  • 6 credits of elective courses from language, MLL or related disciplines, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. At least three of the six elective credits will come from outside the student’s primary language of study.


  • Certificates in Language Studies: Certificate in Chinese Studies; Certificate in French Studies; Certificate in German Studies; Certificate in Russian Studies; Certificate in Spanish Studies. (17 credits)

    The Certificate in Language Studies program is intended for those students who want to explore another part of the world as part of their overall education but who do not have the time to complete a traditional minor. In addition to the required language credits, MLL-rubric classes conducted in English offer the possibility of investigating the target cultures in some detail without waiting to attain advanced language competency. The certificate cannot be combined with an MLL major or minor. Students desiring to complete an MLLI certificate in language studies must have a designated advisor and select courses with the approval of that advisor.
    Students must complete all of the following in the same language/culture area with a grade of “B” or higher:

  • LANG 201
  • LANG 202
  • LANG 301
  • Elective 1 from approved list (see below)
  • Elective 2 from approved list (see below)
    Certificate electives:

    CHINESE: Choose TWO of the following:
  • MLL 220: Chinese Film and Society
  • MLL 328: Traditional Chinese Fiction and Drama
  • Any CHIN courses above 301

    FRENCH: Choose TWO of the following:
  • MLL 205: Great Books from the French-Speaking World
  • MLL 215: French Film Classics
  • MLL 219: Contemporary French Cinema
  • MLL 250: Introduction to the French-speaking World
  • MLL 319: Images of Society in Contemporary French Films
  • Any FREN courses above 301

    GERMAN: Choose TWO of the following:
  • MLL 214: The New German Cinema
  • MLL 216: Classics in German Cinema
  • MLL 261: German Ethnic and Cultural Identity
  • MLL 332: Special Topics in German Culture
  • Any GERM courses above 301

    RUSSIAN: Choose TWO of the following:
  • MLL 270 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
  • MLL 271 Introduction to Modern Russian Culture and Civilization
  • MLL 370 19th-Century Russian Literature and Society
  • MLL 371 20th-Century Russian Literature and Politics
  • Any RUSS courses above 301

    SPANISH: Choose TWO of the following:
  • MLL 280: Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World
  • MLL 213: Film and Society in Spain
  • MLL 218: Film and Society in Latin America
  • ECON 387: Economic Development of Latin America
  • POLI 377: Latin-American Politics
  • Any SPAN courses above 301