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Interdisciplinary Language Majors and Minors

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers students and opportunity to create their own interdisciplinary major based on language courses and culture topics that interest them. This custom coursework is designed in collaboration with an advisor and allows the student to explore cultures and literatures in several modern or classic languages.

Interdisciplinary Language Majors

Classical Studies (Greek or Latin)
Italian Studies

Interdisciplinary Language Minors

Cross-Cultural / non-Western Studies
Ancient Greek

Latin American Studies

Interdisciplinary Language 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; 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.

► See Course Descriptions
► See Suggested Course Sequence

Although students can indicate to the dean's office as early as freshman year their intent of majoring in a particular discipline, students can delay declaring their majors until spring semester of their sophomore year. Because a language major begins at the 200-level, it is highly advisable to begin the study of a foreign language as soon as possible.

The declaration of major form can be used to develop a tentative curriculum plan to discuss with your advisor.

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, Italian, Latin, or Japanese. Such minors consist of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken at the Mount.

► See Greek Course Descriptions
► See Italian Course Descriptions
► See Japanese Course Descriptions
► See Latin Course Descriptions

Student Resources

Greek: Student Resources
► Italian: Student Resources with Vista Higher Learning
► Italian Student Web Resources
Japanese: Student Resources
► Latin: Student Resources – Wheelock's Latin Series

Cross Cultural Studies Minor Requirements

Students seeking the interdisciplinary minor in cross-cultural/ non-Western 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

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.

► See Latin Course Descriptions

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

Secondary Education Teaching Certification - Latin

The Mount offers a series of courses in secondary education designed to prepare students to teach at the secondary level in Latin, and to meet requirements for certification in most states (grades 7-12). Each student who plans to teach at the secondary level must have a major in an academic subject field. An advisor in the department of education will be assigned upon the student's admission to a teacher education program. More information can be found through the secondary education program.

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 the Archaeological 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.

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