Modern Languages

The Modern Languages and Classics program offers minors in French and Spanish as well as classes in Latin, Arabic and Chinese. Classical languages and Italian language may be studied at John Cabot University in Rome, and Japanese can be undertaken via our affiliation with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. Please consult with the Associate Dean’s office to discuss this exchange option. A minor in classical studies can also be pursued through the multidisciplinary classical and medieval studies minor.

Eligibility for membership into Phi Beta Kappa requires completion of a language through 20200 level.

Language Placement

Incoming First-Year students who are interested in taking a foreign language will be given a tentative placement based upon their high school language experience and a language placement examination. Students who place above 20200 should consult with a faculty member in that language before enrolling in a course.  Students should take the placement exam before First-Year Institute or Orientation and advising.