Bellarmine logo

Modern Languages & Literatures

Modern Languages Major


The aim of the Modern Languages Major is twofold: to enable students to develop proficiency in the four language skills—aural, oral, speaking, and writing—in two modern languages, and to develop cultural literacy.

Through a structured and carefully planned group of course offerings and a strong recommendation to participate for a semester or a summer in study abroad programs, the Modern Languages Major will prepare students for a world in which intercultural understanding provides the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.

The program will encourage and advise students to embark in study abroad experiences, research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and community-based learning opportunities that will prepare them to speak, understand, and write two foreign languages as well as linguistically analyze them, to know the principal aspects of some of the cultures where those languages are spoken, and to exercise intercultural awareness.

The major is highly desirable for those interested in international communications and access to immigrant populations, in areas including but not limited to business, teaching, social work, theology, law, theatre, and the visual arts. Competence in more than one foreign language, a keen awareness of cultures, and an understanding of the structure of language itself is a compelling combination of skills that will prepare the student for employment in a globalized economy.

Modern Languages Student Learning Outcomes

Modern Languages majors will know:

  • The principal aspects of two foreign languages and cultures
  • The tools to analyze languages and cultures
  • The principal aspects of two cultures and civilizations through the study of their cultural productions such as literature, art, social practices, and media.

Modern Languages majors will be able to:

  • Speak, understand, and write two foreign languages as well as linguistically analyze them
  • Read a variety of texts in two languages and discuss their content, technique, and cultural significance.

Modern Languages majors will be able to demonstrate that they value:

  • Two distinct cultures and civilizations and their cultural productions
  • Increasing intercultural awareness
  • Multilingualism and the world it opens up for them.

Major Requirements

Two languages combined: Chinese/French; Chinese/German; Chinese/Italian; Chinese/Spanish; French/German; French/Italian; French/Spanish; German/Italian; German/Spanish; Italian/Spanish.

Lower Division Requirements:

24 semester hours consisting of a selection of courses in two languages from CHIN/FREN/GRMN/ITAL/SPAN 101, 102, and CHIN/FREN/GRMN/ITAL/SPAN 203, 204 or SPAN 205.

Upper Division Requirements:

31 semester hours in upper division courses:

12 semester hours in one language and 12 semester hours in a second language

Chinese: CHIN 305 and 306 required, and any other upper division Chinese courses

French: FREN 301, 314, 321 required, and FREN 333 or 334

German: GRMN 301 required, and any other upper division German courses; GRMN 302 and 340 recommended when offered

Italian: Any four upper division ITAL courses; ITAL 321 and 350 recommended when offered

Spanish: SPAN 321, 322, 333 required, and SPAN 331 or 332 or 334

6 semester hours

MDLL 300, and a choice of MDLL 400 or FNLT 480

1 semester hour

MDLL 500—Senior Capstone Project

Also, these courses are recommended in other departments:

SOCL 105

Cultural Anthropology

POLS 155

Comparative Foreign Governments

CMST 336

Intercultural Communication