ontinuing in a language beyond the 201 level has many advantages, even if you do not intend to major in Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication.

  • Most of the language 202 (and above) courses have the Culture (C) designation; you can complete your GEP culture requirement by taking such courses. If you are still under the GFR system, you can complete the language-culture portion of the GFRs by taking 202 and one more language (L) or culture (C) course.
  • At the same time, you can begin work toward a certificate or minor.

The certificate and minor programs combine exceptionally well with major programs in many other departments (history, political science, economics, geography, social work, emergency health systems), where knowledge of another language and culture is often a valuable asset. These programs will help you in the development of communication skills and in understanding the complexities of an increasingly interdependent, multilingual, and multicultural world. In a world grown vastly more international in communications and economics and a nation of growing ethnic diversity, developing proficiency in a language and completing a certificate or minor in MLLI will provide you with skills of lasting benefit in both professional and community life.

Certificate in Intercultural Communication

For the student who does not intend to major or minor in MLLI but who wishes to combine the study of intercultural communication with advanced study in one modern foreign language. Requirements:
  • 3 credits: MLL 305 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • 3 credits MLL 306 Intercultural Communication: Community Issues in Maryland/D.C.
  • 4 credits: CHIN/FREN/GERM/HEBR/KORE/RUSS/SPAN 202 (A more advanced student may substitute a three-credit higher-level language course.)
  • 6 credits of elective courses from language, MLL or related disciplines, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. At least 3 of the 6 elective credits will come from outside the student's primary language of study

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

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, 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 MLLI major or minor.

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

Minor in Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

The MLLI language minor in French, German, Russian, or Spanish 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:
  • 9 credits in electives in FREN/GERM/RUSS/SPAN at the 300 or 400 level.

The MLLI applied linguistics minor requires 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 445, PSYC 316, ENGL 490) or a language-specific linguistics course (e.g., FREN/ GERM/SPAN/RUSS 331, 332, 438) may substitute for one of the LING courses with the approval of a designated LING major advisor.

The Minor in Chinese Language and Culture requires 18 credits:

  • 3 credits: one MLL core course (MLL 190, 191, 230, 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 their language through a semester of study abroad.