Eric Carbajal, Nathan Carr, Fanny Daubigny, Hélène Domon, Janet Eyring, Reyes Fidalgo, Juan Carlos Gallego, Josefina Hess, James Hussar, Juan Ishikawa, Satoko Kakihara, Jinghui Liu, C. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda, Sandra Pérez-Linggi, Setsue Shibata, Lydia Vélez, Kazuha Watanabe, Andre Zampaulo
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a diverse department that offers coursework from a multidisciplinary perspective in the languages, cultures, linguistics and literatures of a wide variety of world groups and populations. Our goal is to provide students with a strong humanistic foundation that will allow them to have successful careers in an ever-changing global community.
In learning other languages, we also gain insights into the thinking of other cultures (often very different from our own) that afford us the perspective necessary to critically examine our own cultural values and to develop the foundations of world citizenship.
Our programs are designed for those who wish to pursue more advanced studies of language and literature, as well as for the growing number of individuals who will find ability to communicate in other languages and sensitivity to other cultures important components in career preparation in the United States and abroad. They are designed for those planning careers in education, government, social services, translation and interpretation services, assessment, literature, the expanding areas of international business, diplomacy, travel, humanitarian and cultural organizations.
We strive to deepen students’ knowledge about language and the humanities through various means-reading representative authors in their respective literatures, familiarizing students with the cultural traditions of the peoples whose language they study, and expanding students’ knowledge of linguistics and socio-cultural contexts.
In addition to our degree and certificate programs, we offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Latin, Persian and Vietnamese.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Language Concentration for International Business
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers language concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. This component of the B.A. in International Business consists of 15 units of upper-division language study (including an internship). These courses, as well as the prerequisites, must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better. For description of the international business program, please see the “International Business ” section of this catalog.
Upper-Division Writing Requirement
MLNG 301 satisfies the course portion of the upper-division writing requirement for all modern language majors.
Academic Standards Requirement
Each course counted to fulfill requirements for the major or minor must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better.
Students should enroll at the point in the sequence of courses for which their previous study and/or experience has prepared them. Students with no language background should enroll in fundamental 101-level courses. Normally, two years of high school language study are considered to be equivalent to one year of college language. Students just completing two years of high school language should begin at 200-level intermediate courses.
Courses at the 101 level are not open to students who have completed two or more years of high school study or one term of college study in that language unless such study was completed three years or more before entering the class. Courses at the 102 level are not open to students who have completed two or more years of high school study or two terms of college study in that language unless such study was completed two years or more before entering the class. Language courses at the 100 level are not open to native speakers of that language.
Due to the sequential nature of language instruction, consultation with an adviser in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is essential before enrolling in courses.
International Baccalaureate Program
Students entering the university with the International Baccalaureate shall request an oral interview with an adviser of the target language. Subject to their recommendation, the following credit may be awarded:
- Students with the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Language Exam with a grade of four or better will have lower-division requirements waived, and upon recommendation will receive three to 12 units of upper-division language credit
- Students with the International Baccalaureate Subsidiary Level Language B Exam with a grade of four or better will have lower-division requirements waived, and upon recommendation will receive up to six units of upper-division language credit. If no upper-division units are recommended, a minimum of six units of 200-level credit will be awarded
Programs and Courses Offered
Business Language Concentrations:
- International Business, Concentration in Chinese, B.A.
- International Business, Concentration in French, B.A.
- International Business, Concentration in German, B.A.
- International Business, Concentration in Japanese, B.A.
- International Business, Concentration in Portuguese, B.A.
- International Business, Concentration in Spanish, B.A.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsMaster of ScienceNon-DegreeCertificate
Courses are designated ARAB in the class schedule.
Courses are designated CHIN in the class schedule.
Foreign Language Education
Courses are designated as FLED in the class schedule. Also see Single Subject Program in the College of Education.
Courses are designated FREN in the class schedule.
Courses are designated GRMN in the class schedule.
Courses are designated ITAL in the class schedule
Courses are designated JAPN in the class schedule.