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Interdisciplinary Language Programs

Greece - Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the historic structures students see when studying abroad in Greece.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers students an opportunity to create their own major or minor that focuses on a language and culture of their choice. Students may collaborate with a professor to create a curriculum that allows them to discover their passion with the interdisciplinary program.

Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

Students may choose to complete an interdisciplinary major that they design in consultation with appropriate faculty. A student designing an interdisciplinary major in classical studies, for example, might work with faculty in the foreign languages, history and philosophy departments; a student interested in a biopsychology interdisciplinary major would work with faculty in science and psychology. All such majors should have no less than 33 credits, and at least half of this course work should be done at the 300 or 400 level.

Any student proposing to design an interdisciplinary major must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and must submit to the associate provost a self-design plan along with the signed declaration of major form.

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Interdisciplinary Language Minor Requirements

Students may choose to do a self-designed minor in one of the languages taught by the department. The languages include: Ancient Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Such minors consist of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the Mount.

Cross Cultural Studies Minor Requirements

Students seeking the interdisciplinary minor in cross-cultural studies develop a course of study with the approval of the director of non-Western studies and the dean for academic affairs. The minor consists of 18 credit hours (six courses). Contact Michael Sollenberger, Ph.D. for more details

International Studies Minor Requirements

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures plays a primary role in the minor in international studies, which has an advanced foreign language requirement. Students majoring in international studies find a major or minor in a foreign language to be a natural component to their chosen area of study. More details can be found on the international studies page or by contacting International Studies Director Kristen Urban, Ph.D.

Latin American Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in Latin American studies draws on existing courses in the fields of modern languages, political science, literature, theology, sociology, economics, history and fine arts, and consists of a minimum of six courses (18 credit hours).

Four courses (12 credit hours) are required:

  • SPLA 335 Studies in Latin American Civilization (3)

  • SPLA 355 Studies in Latin American Literature (3)

  • PSLA 314 Comparative Political Systems: Latin America (3)

  • PSLA 335 Latin America in World Affairs (3)

  • The fifth and sixth courses can be any course that deals with Latin American topics.

For more information, please contact the program director,Dr. Diana Rodriguez-Lozano

Study Abroad

The Mount is affiliated with American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS) which offers programs in Italy and Greece. The University is informally affiliated with a number of different programs which offer study in Italy, Greece, and various areas of the classical world, e.g., The American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, The Aegean Institute, The Villa Vergiliana, the Societas Cumana. Moreover, students can participate in numerous archaeological excavations at various sites in the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Near East through theArchaeological Institute of America. If students are interested, they should speak with their instructor(s) and Dr. Marco Roman or Dr. Michael Sollenberger.

More information about foreign study can be found on the Study Abroad page.


Marco Roman, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 301-447-5322

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