Department Overview 

Programs offered by the Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department 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. 

Programs of Study

The Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department offers majors in French and Spanish and a third major in Dual Languages, which allows students to combine two of the following languages: 

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

Competitive Advantages

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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The Department achieves depth not only through the rigor of our on-campus courses, but also through a required semester studying abroad. All French, Spanish and dual 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. In recent years, our majors have studied in Austria, France, Germany, Italy,  Mexico, Morocco, Peru and Spain. Students with a language minor are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad. Our international internships and study abroad programs also require community engagement, whether it be joining a local soccer club or volunteering in a local nursing home.

Research Opportunities

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable, full-time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.


  • Alina Shklyarenko ’17 worked with John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, on “Translating Alexander Blok’s ‘Vozmezdie.’” They have submitted for publication their work on previously untranslated sections of this important poem by the Russian symbolist.
  • Michael Travers ’15 worked with Juan Carlos Martin, associate professor of Foreign Languages, on “Virtual Learning: Beyond the Classroom.” 
  • Spanish major Angela Moskawa ’14 workedwith Juan Carlos Martin, associate professor of Foreign Languages, on “Identity Crisis: Portrayals of the Posthuman in Spanish Narrative and Film.” This project strives to study the concept of post-humanity in Spanish narrative and film, focusing primarily on literary pieces and cinematic works written and produced during the past two decades.
  • Laura Dzgoeva ’14 worked with John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, on “Translating Alexander Blok.” Blok was a major Russian Symbolist poet; they translated several of his poems into English and have submitted some of their work for publication.

Career Paths  

Language experience is invaluable for those students seeking careers in: 

  • Education 
  • International Studies 
  • Psychology 
  • Healthcare Administration 
  • Political Science 
  • Communications 
  • Sociology 
  • Business 

Where Our Graduates Work

Stonehill’s Languages, Literatures & Cultures graduates go on to work at a range of notable organizations. Continue exploring where Stonehill graduates work.

Sigma Delta Pi


Sigma Delta Pi is the National Honor Society for Spanish. It honors those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples.

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.

Contact us with any questions.

Juan C. Martin Galvan

Professor of Spanish, Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department Chair
Language Literature & Culture