Double Major Information

Have you ever thought of double majoring or minoring in a language?

Many of our students have multiple majors and/or minors. Working closely with an advisor will allow students to prepare for a competitive job market and enhance their academic experience within multiple programs while maintaining a four-year graduation schedule.

Benefits: Having a major -- either alone or as a double major with another area of study -- or a minor in a language area is a great way to boost your employment opportunities for the future. In today's globalized and globalizing world, one is always more marketable with a language major or minor on one's résumé.

What We Offer: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers French, German, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese. In French, one can focus on any of the following three concentrations: Teacher Education (which leads to a certification to teach French), Civilization (a general liberal arts curriculum), or Translation (with Simultaneous Interpreting). The German and Russian programs have two possible minors -- in language and area studies. The German major has been reinstated, and we are hoping to bring back the Russian major soon. Arabic has both minors as well (the major is being created). Hebrew is now working on creating a minor for the future. Chinese and Japanese offer all levels of language, and as of September 2011, we will have a new full-time professor of Chinese to create a fuller and very exciting program of study.

Double Majoring in Language and Political Science or International Business: Many of our language majors or minors also study Political Science and International Business. Some have minors in Asian Studies, Jewish American Studies, etc. Also, we encourage study abroad (and help with all the details to make it happen -- students can go abroad for a semester or a full year). We have our own summer programs in Nice and Amman that are very popular.

Plus…the Future: We have a number of new programs in the works. We are working on expanding our online and hybrid course offerings; in September 2011, we will have a language immersion floor in the new residence hall; etc. We take great pride not only in our curricular offerings, but also in the sense of community in our department, in the personal connection and mentoring we give all our students.

Dr. Lois Oppenheim, Chair
Dept. of Modern Languages & Lit. Phone: 973-655-4283