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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


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. Anne Mullen-Hohl at [email protected] or (973) 761-9464. 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. Students must also complete the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements.

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


The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers primary majors in French, Italian, Spanish, or in modern languages (a combination of two of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish). Students in each of the majors are required to complete 42 credits in courses above the elementary level. Students beginning their major at a level higher than intermediate or advanced may waive three or six credits with the permission of the department. Those majoring in modern languages will complete 24 credits in a major language and 18 in a secondary language, all credits above the elementary level.

The department also offers secondary majors. Students that elect to have either French, Italian or Spanish as a secondary major will complete 36 credits in courses above the elementary level. Students who elect modern languages as a secondary major have the same requirements as in a primary major, 24 credits in a major language and 18 credits in a secondary language.

Curriculum Requirements
FREN 2001-2002 Intermediate I-II (6 credits)
FREN 3001-3002 Advanced I-II (6 credits)
Language, culture, or literature electives above the advanced level: Students may choose from courses in conversation, film, special topics, civilization, business or literature.
Total Credits: 42

Internships & Careers 

Most careers are enhanced and opportunities increased by the knowledge of languages, particularly in our present globalized culture and economy. Areas that our graduates have found particularly rewarding are law, education, diplomacy, government, Peace Corps, industry and commerce, arts, media, entertainment, travel and tourism. A bachelor's degree in the modern languages is an excellent foundation for graduate school. Opportunities for continued study include elementary, secondary and higher education; government; diplomacy; law; and business. 

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Matthew Escobar
Associate Professor of French and Spanish, Prestigious Fellowships Director
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Anne Mullen-Hohl
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