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 and Cultures Department offers students a major in Spanish. Students can also minor in Spanish or Chinese.

The Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department offers majors in:

The Department offers minors in:

The Department also offers courses in 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

Stonehill is ranked among the best in the nation for sending students on semester-long study abroad programs. Our programs focus on developing global citizens and helping students meet both academic and personal goals. A student’s international experience is attractive to potential employers who seek applicants with global perspective and an understanding other cultures.

Sample countries where students have studied abroad include:

  • University of Salzburg
  • IES in Vienna
  • Champlain Abroad Montreal
  • Beijing Center
  • Fudan University
  • API in Caen
  • API in Paris
  • Campus International De Cannes
  • CIEE in Paris
  • Grenoble École de Management
  • Institut Catholique de Toulouse
  • Université Rennes II
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF)
  • University of Paris, Sorbonne
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • IES in Berlin
  • IES in Freiburg
  • Universität Heidelberg (American Junior Year)
  • University of Berlin
  • Florence University of the Arts
  • John Cabot University
  • Umbra Institute in Perugia
  • CIEE Study Center (Rabat)
  • School for International Training


  • School for International Training
  • Universidad de Belgrano
  • Universidad de Congresso
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella


  • CIEE in Rio de Janeiro
  • CIEE in São Paulo
  • Universidade Católica do Salvador


  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso
  • School for International Training
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Viña del Mar
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Costa Rica

  • Universidad Veritas


  • Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas
  • Universidad de la Habana

Dominican Republic

  • CIEE in Santiago de los Caballeros (service learning option available)
  • CIEE in Santo Domingo


  • IES Galapagos Islands
  • School for International Training


  • School for International Training


  • Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • School for International Training
  • CIEE Study Center (Dakar)
  • School for International Training
  • API in Barcelona
  • API in Madrid 
  • API in Seville
  • Granada Institute of International Studies
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Barcelona
  • Universidad de Deusto
  • University of Granada
  • University of Madrid
  • Universidad de Salamanca

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.


  • Bridget Ryan ’23 worked with Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, on Sounding Translation, an Internet-accessible podcast that archives translators’ reflections on the experience of translating contemporary poetry.
  • 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.

National Honor Society Affiliations

Pi Delta Phi


Pi Delta Phi is the National French Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States.

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.

Peter J. Mahoney

Peter J. Mahoney

Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Languages Lit. & Cultures