Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The study of languages, literatures and cultures 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.


Translating Alexander Blok

While translating the poetry of Alexander Blok, Laura Dzgoeva ’14 and John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, often compared their differing interpretations.

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Programs offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures give students a means of breaking through the barrier of a single speech and culture pattern while also providing an encounter with great literature, cultural traditions and social models. They do so in small classes and with supportive faculty.

The department 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.

Majors, Minors and Courses

We offer traditional majors in French and Spanish and a third major in foreign languages, which allows students to combine studies in two of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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

A Semester Studying Abroad

The Department achieves depth not only through the rigor of our on-campus courses, but also through a required semester studying abroad. In recent years, our majors have studied in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru and Spain.

All French, Spanish and foreign languages majors are required to spend a semester abroad in an approved international program of study or in one of the international internship programs sponsored by the College. Students with a language minor are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad.

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.

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