Undergraduate Program

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures teaches eight languages encompassing the cultural activities of countries across the globe. In addition to language, we have strong cultural studies programs that examine the film, literature, material culture, and social practices of these various societies.

The department offers undergraduate majors ("concentrations") and minors in the following areas:

Language Concentration Minor

Arabic Language & Literature

 

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Chinese Language & Literature

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French Language & Literature

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German Studies

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Hispanic Studies

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Italian Language & Literature

 

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Japanese Studies


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Russian Language and Literature

 

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Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language

 

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Note: Modern Languages and Literatures courses also contribute to Global Studies concentrations in Africana Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian and Post Soviet Studies.

Courses in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek are offered through the Classical Studies Department.

We attract a talented group of students to our programs, and graduate upwards of 70 majors per year. With more than three-quarters of William & Mary undergraduates coming in with the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement already fulfilled, the Department can also provide opportunities for those students seeking fluency. Students can study the culture in-depth through research projects with work in the target language and culture.

The global understanding and critical thinking skills acquired in Modern Languages & Literatures classes can be utilized in many other disciplines. Many of our courses satisfy the General Education Requirements of the College. Our students go on to graduate school and careers both domestically and overseas in nonprofit and government work, law, international relations, and academia. Many of our majors and minors also pursue degrees in Global Studies, International Studies, Business, and Law.

See the individual section pages for more information on the Major Computing Proficiency and Major Writing Requirements.