Foreign Languages Department

The study of foreign languages is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. Stonehill students will find a broad array of offerings that explore not only the spoken and written word, but also the art, history and literature of the cultures in which they evolved.


Foreign language experience is invaluable for those students seeking careers in education, international studies, psychology, health care administration, political science, communications, sociology, business and scholarly research.

Our Foreign Languages Department puts students in small classes with supportive faculty, gives them a means of breaking through the barrier of a single speech and culture pattern and provides an encounter with some of the world’s great literature, cultural traditions and social models.

We embrace the tenets of the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages, which emphasizes communication, culture, connection, community and comparison. That focus can be seen in our international internships and study abroad programs, which require community engagement, whether it be joining a local soccer club or volunteering in a local nursing home.

A Program Characterized by its Breadth & Depth

The Department provides breadth by offering three tracks: students may major in French, Spanish or Foreign Languages. The Foreign Languages major allows students to combine the study of two of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Beyond those programs, we also offer minors in French, German, Italian Studies and Spanish, and courses in Arabic, Ancient Greek and Latin.

The Department achieves depth not only through the rigor of our on-campus courses, but also through a required semester studying abroad. All Foreign Language majors are required, and minors are urged, to spend a semester abroad in an approved international program of study or in one of the international internship programs sponsored by the College.

In recent years, our majors have studied in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru and Spain.

The Resources Needed to Succeed

In addition to interpersonal learning led by professors and strengthened in peer support networks, students are also aided by the latest language learning technology. Some classes incorporate Quia, an interactive language lab that allows students to work online outside class. Others classes take advantage of reality simulation computer programs in which your avatar communicates in the language they are studying.

The Foreign Languages Major

A major in Foreign Languages allows students to combine study of two of the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In addition to learning your chosen languages, the major is designed to help you appreciate and understand related cultures, values and institutions, including relevant aspects of literature, history, art and geography.

Foreign Languages majors are required to spend a semester abroad in an approved study abroad program or in one of the international internship programs sponsored by the College.