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We prepare our students for success in a globalized world. Whether your interests include local or international business, cultural and linguistic enrichment or graduate study, foreign or federal service, non-governmental work or education, medical professions or social work, we offer major and minor programs that will strengthen your academic and professional profile. We can help you combine specialized language training with interdisciplinary programs of study, and we work with many students to pair one of our majors with another major, from neuroscience to English.


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers all students the possibility to engage with cultures of the world through the study of language, literature, film and new media. Experience the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish—and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent. Our department offers majors and minors in German, French and Spanish, as well as beginning language courses in the other areas. In addition, students may choose to interdisciplinary majors in Francophone Studies, German Studies, or International Business with French, German or Spanish.
Many students enhance their education through a semester study abroad or a summer or May term program. During the semester study abroad for majors, some choose to complete coursework toward a second major, as well, or complete an internship abroad. Here in Bethlehem, students take advantage of local internships, co-curricular activities organized by the language clubs, and possibility of publishing their creative writing pieces in several languages in Babel, our literary journal. Students continuing both to graduate school and jobs report that that they have used the skills they gained through undergraduate research programs like SOAR and Honors. Some of our students in those programs have also been awarded either research or teaching Fulbright Scholarships.

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