Modern Languages and Literatures
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offer courses in the leading languages of the world today:
Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian,
Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
Language learning is not only part of Fairfield University's core requirements, it lies at the very heart of a liberal art education and should always be considered regardless of your area of concentration.
Studying abroad is strongly encouraged as such an experience will positively influence your personal, professional, and academic life.
Why is foreign language study vital to your education?
- Language study fosters understanding and respect for the perspectives, practices, and accomplishments of other cultures.
- Language study on campus and abroad is enjoyable and intellectually transforming. It prepares you for rewarding social and professional involvements in our increasingly global world.
- Foreign Languages and Literatures are critical to the programs in International Studies, Asian Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and Women's Studies.
- Proficiency in a foreign language will enhance your studies and complement most disciplines, including International Studies and International Business, Finance, Marketing, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Music, Art History, Theatre, New Media, Communication, etc.
Some benefits of our program:
- Stress on proficiency in all languages skills to prepare you for various careers as well as graduate studies
- Experienced faculty, active as scholars and writers
- A computer-based language resource center to help you with your learning
- Activities beyond the classroom (films, language tables, guest lecturers)
- Internship opportunities in your language of study
- Fulbright grant application mentoring
- Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society
- Expanding programs in Arabic and Chinese