Modern and Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages immerses students in the study of a second language and its literatures and cultures. Our students deepen their understanding of cultural differences and similarities, exercise their responsibilities as citizens of the world and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Our courses are taught by skilled, accessible faculty members with experience living and studying in countries around the globe. We strongly encourage participation in study abroad programs, support student internships abroad wherever possible and promote volunteer outreach in the Newport community, where students tutor English as a second language and teach French and Spanish to elementary school students during after-school programs.

Programs

French

The official language of 29 countries, French is also the primary or second language at diplomatic and global organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and World Trade Organization. Our program allows students to develop their linguistic skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultures, civilizations and literature of the French-speaking world.

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Italian Studies

To study a language such as Italian is to delve into a country’s way of life, learn about its past and explore its importance in today’s global structure. Our minor in Italian studies provides an opportunity for students to achieve proficiency in the language while adding to their cultural knowledge of Italy.

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Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world, trailing only Mandarin Chinese, and is the official language of 20 countries. Our program allows students to develop their linguistic skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultures, civilizations and literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

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Spanish for Health Service Professions

Designed to complement majors such as administration of justice, health care administration and management, nursing and social work, our minor in Spanish for the health and service professions prepares students to effectively communicate with diverse populations in the workplace.

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