Modern Languages and Cultures
Professors: K. M. Gatto, H. N. Sanko, T. R. Nevin,
F. K. Aggor (Chair)
Associate Professors: G. J. Sabo, S.J., D. G. Anderson, A.
Pérez Romero, M. N. Richards, E. Luengo, S. Casciani, M. Pereszlenyi
Assistant Professors: G. Compton-Engle, K. J. Karolle; Visiting
Instructors: K. Nakano, I. R. Prieto-Pastor, M. Roura-Mir, S. Scaiola-Ziska
The study of languages, literatures, and cultures has
always been an integral part of a liberal arts education and is central
to the Jesuit tradition. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages
and Cultures continues this legacy with offerings in different language
areas (Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin,
Russian, Slovak, and Spanish). Recognizing the value of international
experience, the department offers ample opportunities for study abroad,
allowing students to broaden their cultural horizons beyond the United
The department seeks to prepare students personally and professionally.
It provides the individual with tools for understanding other cultures,
tools often necessary for professional careers in fields such as teaching,
translation, law, international business, and diplomacy. The language
courses also help students in other disciplines who are seeking admission
to graduate programs that require a reading knowledge of a foreign language.
Majors, Minors and Interdisciplinary
Majors and minors are available in French, German, Ancient Greek, Latin,
and Spanish. Additionally, the following languages are offered: Chinese,
Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Slovak. Interdisciplinary concentrations
include East Asian Studies; International Business; International Economics
and Modern Language; Italian Studies; Latin American Studies; Modern
European Studies; and Spanish and Sociology. For more information about
these programs, see pages 81-88.
Students seeking licensure for teaching are reminded that the equivalent
of 30-48 semester hours of credit is required for a Multi-Age teaching
licensure in Latin or a modern language.
ML 308. INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
3 cr. Intended for future teachers of foreign languages. Focus
on language pedagogy and methodologies for teaching reading, writing,
speaking, listening and culture.
Core Courses and the Language Requirement
Students meet the Division I Core requirement in language by completing
two sequential courses in the same language. Students may begin a new
language or continue a language at their entry level of competence,
as determined by placement examination. Students with previous study
in a language may enroll only in 101R, 201, or 301, not in 101.
For Major and Minor Requirements for French, German and Spanish, please
see their specific pages.
The department also provides a number of courses to satisfy other Core
requirements, including Division II Literature (L), International (R,
S), Diversity (D), and Writing (W). These may be taught either in the
original language or in translation, CL for classical studies and ML
for modern languages. Under the ML designation, courses are offered
in intercultural perspectives, foreign cultures, film, folklore, and
languages and literatures not commonly taught. (Note: courses must have
an L, R, S, D, or W designation in the schedule of courses.)
The department participates in study abroad experiences with existing
summer, semester, and year long programs abroad in Austria, Canada (Québec),
China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America, and Spain. With
the advisor’s permission, arrangements are made individually with
the departmental student services coordinator and the Center for Global
Education. Students studying abroad will normally be juniors with at
least a 2.5 average. Early consultation is advised.
Students who study abroad in their major must fulfill a residence requirement
of no fewer than 6 semester hours of credit, usually at the 400 level,
upon return from abroad. The department may require more than 6 semester
hours of credit in the case of obvious deficiencies. (See Study Abroad
section for more information).