Language Program Requirements

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Faculty

  • Deyanira Ariza-Velasco (Chair) (Spanish)
  • Alan Davison (Spanish)
  • Steve Haslam (French)
  • Georgiana Donavin (Latin)

The Language Program offers an academic major in Spanish-Latin American Studies and academic minors in French and Spanish, as well as multiple course sequences in Chinese, Japanese, and Latin.

Chinese

The Language Program offers a one-year Mandarin Chinese course sequence with occasional second-year and May term offerings. Classes aim to give students practical tools for communicating in written and spoken Mandarin and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Chinese culture. The study of Mandarin will broaden the international horizon of liberal arts students and will be of great value in many professions and enterprises (business, trade, politics, travel, history, and literature). The college does not offer a minor in Chinese. Students who have had two or more years of high school Mandarin Chinese should register for Chinese 111 or discuss placement with the course instructor or program chair.

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Japanese

The Language Program offers a one-year Japanese course sequence with occasional second-year and May term offerings. Classes aim to give students practical tools for communicating in written and spoken Japanese and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japanese culture. The study of Japanese will broaden the international horizons of liberal arts students and will be of great value in many professions and enterprises (business, trade, politics, travel, history, and literature). The college does not offer a minor in Japanese. Students who have previously studied Japanese should register for Japanese 111 or discuss placement with the course instructor or program chair.

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Latin

The Language Program offers introductory and intermediate Latin and directed study courses in such topics as Latin linguistics and literature. It creates opportunities for those interested in advanced Latin to craft a personalized minor. Latin is the language that has been the most widely used throughout Western world history. It had a tremendous influence on the development of English and other world languages. Latin offers great practical advantages, especially for students pursuing careers in the humanities, law, medicine, nursing, public health, and the sciences. Students who have had two or more years of high school Latin should discuss course placement with Georgiana Donavin.

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