World Languages and Cultures Majors

Language Majors

The World Languages and Cultures department offers majors in Spanish, Italian, French, Classics, and International Language - Business with courses in language, literature, culture, and the professions. The goal of these programs is The goal of these programs is to prepare students to become proficient in a language, literature and culture other than their own, so that they may lead empowered and productive lives as global citizens.

The World Languages and Cultures Department offers a variety of majors:

  • Spanish Studies combines the traditional strengths of Spanish language and literature departments with an interdisciplinary, cultural studies and practical skills approach.
  • French and Francophone Studies is composed of courses in the French language, literature, film and culture. It is usually part of a double major.
  • International Language Business is a professionally-oriented program that combines introductory and upper-level business courses with a language curriculum in Spanish, French or Italian.
  • Italian enables students to attain speaking, writing and reading proficiency in the Italian language and deep knowledge of Italian culture and society.
  • In the Classical Studies major, students can major in Latin or Greek, or a combination of both. The program is small and flexible enough to accommodate students' interests.

Learn more about the Spanish Studies major

Learn more about the French and Francophone Studies major

Learn more about the International Language Business major

Learn more about the Italian major

Learn more about the Classical Studies major

The department urges students to study abroad during their junior year. In addition, it strongly recommends that students who spend the entire junior year abroad plan their studies carefully, so that they will be able to take at least one course per semester in their major language during the senior year. 

Senior language majors are also required to complete a senior portfolio prior to graduation.

Learn about the senior portfolio 

Contact Information

To learn more about the World Languages and Cultures Department majors, contact department chair Dr. Yamile Silva.

Dr. Yamile Silva
316 O'Hara Hall

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