The Department of Spanish and Italian has several distinct missions to fulfill at Montclair State University on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Foremost among its goals is to provide Spanish and Italian majors with the opportunity to achieve fluency in the target language and a deep understanding of the Spanish, Latin American and Italian literatures and cultures.
Language requirements and electives prepare our majors for professional careers and broaden their intellectual horizons by developing their analytical and critical abilities. The major program in both fields consists of 36-39 credit hours.
The minor in both fields consists of an 18-credit course of study, which provides a balance of language, literature and culture. Students majoring in such diverse fields as Business Administration, English, Sociology and Psychology find that a minor in Spanish and Italian and the ability to speak another language provides a rich addition to their major field as well as greater possibilities in the job market.
The Department of Spanish and Italian provides courses for students to fulfill the University's General Education Requirement of 3-6 credits of a foreign language.
The Department of Spanish and Italian offers a Master of Arts degree in Spanish literature with a wide range of courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature as well as Literary Theory and History of the Spanish Language. Students matriculated in this 33 credit hour program take a comprehensive exam and present an area of research as their capstone requirements. Conferences and lectures by Latin American and Spanish writers are an integral part of the cultural life of the Department of Spanish and Italian and students frequently have the opportunity to meet authors they have read in class.
An MAT (Teaching, Spanish) and a post BA certificate in Italian and Spanish are also available for students.
Conferences and lectures by Latin American, Spanish and Italian writers are an integral part of the cultural life of the Department of Spanish and Italian. Lectures and presentations by important guest speakers in Spanish and Latin American Literature, as well as in Italian, directly relate to the literature and cultural history courses offered by the Department and allow students and alumni from Montclair State University and the region to experience a close encounter with great contemporary minds.