College of Arts & Sciences
Overview

A major in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures gives Seton Hall University students the opportunity for an outstanding liberal arts education by providing an enriching and intellectual development in preparation for careers in a global society. All of the degree programs are designed to develop the student’s ability to use the language of their choice as a means of oral and written communication and to increase cultural understanding. Courses are taught by experts in the field in small classes, which encourages interaction between students and professors. The classroom experience is enhanced by computer-assisted instruction and complemented by our own summer study abroad programs in France, Italy and Spain. For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Daniel Zalacain at daniel.zalacain@shu.edu or (973) 761-9468. Co-curricular activities are often sponsored by the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute and the Slavic Club.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers courses in five European languages: French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish. Our programs range from elementary instruction in these languages through advanced courses in culture and in literature. Students have the option to choose from the following four majors: French, Italian, Spanish or Modern Languages (that is, a combination of two languages). First- and second-year level courses aim at strengthening students’ language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through an interactive and communicative teaching approach. Third-year level courses emphasize various aspects of culture (film, music, patterns of civilization, business and popular culture). Courses in literature stress intensive reading and appreciation of representative literary masterpieces as an art form and as a reflection of social and political realities. In addition, students have the option to minor in any of the five languages. Each minor consists of six courses (18 credits) on the intermediate level or higher. An Italian studies minor and a certificate in Russian and East European studies are also available.

The awarding of a Bachelor of Arts in French, Italian, Spanish or Modern Languages requires a total of 12 to 14 courses (36 to 42 credits) on the intermediate level or above, depending on the level of initial placement.

The department is also proud to offer a graduate degree in Asian Studies. As Asia continues to play an increasingly important role in the global marketplace, the Master of Arts in Asian Studies teaches students the intricacies of the cultures and languages of the region. The program prepares students for positions in government, internal services, research, teaching and business. Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese languages are offered and both historical and current topics in China, Japan, India and Korea are covered. Click here for more information.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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