Modern languages is the study and practice of a chosen contemporary language. Students will learn to read, write, and speak Arabic, Hebraic, Punjabi, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, English, or others.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of modern languages and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read both historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and academic literature in their chosen language. The core topics are:
All topics are indexed to the chosen language and the societies in which the language is in use.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in modern languages consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, translation, or perspective. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.