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Modern Languages and Cultures Department

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Other Languages

Each semester, the Modern Languages and Cultures Department offers a number of courses in languages that do not fall under the major or minors. These languages include Arabic, German, Chinese, and Japanese.

The Language Center can also provide on a case-by-case basis self-instructional material for languages not regularly taught at Marist but of special relevance to a student’s academic or professional goals. Such material is usually made available to students preparing for or returning from study abroad in locations in which the main language of instruction is English but a local language is useful, such as programs in Russia, Denmark, India, or the Czech Republic; or to graduating students preparing for a Peace Corps assignment or a Fulbright fellowship; or to students seeking a pre-professional other professional immersion.

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Arabic Studies

For students interested in developing a well-rounded understanding of the Arabic-speaking world, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers foundation courses in the Arabic Language at the elementary and intermediate level, as well as a seminar in Arabic culture with a rotating topic.These courses can then complement other region-specific courses in the disciplines of History and Political Science as well as courses with a global emphasis from a variety of disciplines such as Communications, Criminal Justice, Business, Economics, Environmental Science, Art History and Film.

Students who wish to reach an Advanced proficiency in Arabic often elect to spend a semester abroad in an Arabic speaking country such as Jordan or Morocco. Upon their return, some students request special permission to maintain their Arabic language proficiency through independent study or a teaching internship. Such independent work must be approved by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Offerings in Arabic on Campus:

  • Elementary Arabic I (3 credits)
  • Elementary Arabic II (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Arabic I (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Arabic II (3 credits)
  • Arabic Cultures and Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Seminar in Arabic Culture (3 credits, rotating topic: Women in the Arab World, Images of Arabs in Film, )

Advanced language and culture courses taken abroad will receive a special topic course title on the student's transcript

Sample Course Offerings on Campus from Other Disciplines:

  • COM 325 Intercultural Communications
  • HIST 392 Special Topic: Understanding Islam
  • POSC 353 Comparative Politics of Developing Areas
  • POSC/HIST 355 Comparative Political Systems: Middle East
  • CRJU 440 Senior Seminar I: Cross Cultural Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRJU 377 Politics of Crime and Terrorism
  • REST 209 World Religions
  • GBST 103 Intro to Global Studies

Chinese Studies

For students interested in developing a well-rounded understanding of the Chinese-speaking world, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers foundation courses in the Chinese Language at the elementary and intermediate level.These courses can then complement other region-specific courses in the disciplines of History and Political Science as well as courses with a global emphasis from a variety of disciplines such as Communications, Business, Economics, Environmental Science, Film and Art History.

Students who wish to further their proficiency in Chinese may conduct a semester of study abroad in Beijing or Hong Kong. In addition, the College regularly offers short-term and summer programs in China with a focus on Business, Communication, Fashion Merchandising, or other disciplines through the Marist Study Abroad Program. Upon their return, some students request special permission to maintain their Chinese language proficiency through independent study or a teaching internship. Such independent work must be approved by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Offerings in Chinese on Campus:

  • Elementary Chinese I (3 credits)
  • Elementary Chinese II (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese I (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese II (3 credits)

Advanced language and culture courses taken abroad will receive a special topic course title on the student's transcript

Sample Course Offerings on Campus from Other Disciplines:

  • ART 256 Chinese Art
  • COM 325 Intercultural Communications
  • HIST 267 Women In Asia
  • HIST 270 Traditional China
  • HIST 271 Modern China
  • HIST 272 The Ancient East
  • HIST 318 Drug Trade in Asia
  • POSC 255 Political Economy: The Rise of the Asia-Pacific
  • POSC 271 Nationalism and Communism in China and Taiwan

German Studies

For students interested in developing a well-rounded understanding of the Chinese-speaking world, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers foundation courses in the Chinese Language at the elementary and intermediate level.These courses can then complement other region-specific courses in the disciplines of History and Political Science as well as courses with a global emphasis from a variety of disciplines such as Communications, Business, Economics, Environmental Science, Film and Art History.

Students who wish to further their proficiency in Chinese may conduct a semester of study abroad in Beijing or Hong Kong. In addition, the College regularly offers short-term and summer programs in China with a focus on Business, Communication, Fashion Merchandising, or other disciplines through the Marist Study Abroad Program. Upon their return, some students request special permission to maintain their Chinese language proficiency through independent study or a teaching internship. Such independent work must be approved by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Offerings in Chinese on Campus:

  • Elementary Chinese I (3 credits)
  • Elementary Chinese II (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese I (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese II (3 credits)

Advanced language and culture courses taken abroad will receive a special topic course title on the student's transcript

Sample Course Offerings on Campus from Other Disciplines:

  • ART 256 Chinese Art
  • COM 325 Intercultural Communications
  • HIST 267 Women In Asia
  • HIST 270 Traditional China
  • HIST 271 Modern China
  • HIST 272 The Ancient East
  • HIST 318 Drug Trade in Asia
  • POSC 255 Political Economy: The Rise of the Asia-Pacific
  • POSC 271 Nationalism and Communism in China and Taiwan

Japanese Studies

For students interested in developing a well-rounded understanding of Japanese, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers foundation courses in the Japanese Language at the elementary and intermediate level.These courses can then complement other region-specific courses in the disciplines of History and Political Science as well as courses with a global emphasis from a variety of disciplines such as Communications, Business, Economics, Environmental Science, Film and Art History.

Students who wish to further their proficiency in Japanese may conduct a semester of study abroad in Tokyo at Temple University or Sophia University. In addition, the College regularly offers short-term and summer programs in Japan with a focus on Business, Communication, Fashion Merchandising, or other disciplines through the Marist Study Abroad Program. Upon their return, some students request special permission to maintain their Japanese language proficiency through independent study or a teaching internship. Such independent work must be approved by the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Offerings in Japanese on Campus:

  • Elementary Japanese I (3 credits)
  • Elementary Japanese II (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Japanese I (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Japanese II (3 credits)

Advanced language and culture courses taken abroad will receive a special topic course title on the student's transcript

Sample Course Offerings on Campus from Other Disciplines:

  • ENG 201 Introduction to Linguistics
  • POSC 255 Political Economy: The Rise of the Asia-Pacific
  • HIST 267 Women In Asia
  • HIST 268 Traditional Asia
  • HIST 269 Modern Asia
  • HIST 318 Drug Trade in Asia
  • POSC 255 Political Economy: The Rise of the Asia-Pacific
  • REST 268 Traditional Asia