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World Languages and Cultures

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The study of world languages cultivates unique intellectual skills and exposes students to diverse peoples and cultures. Today, the global economy and the diversification of societies have made the knowledge of languages indispensable. World languages are a springboard from which students can enrich their studies, research and future careers. Courses in the World Languages and Cultures Department:

  • Advance learning of high-level synthetic and analytical thinking
  • Enhance the ability to communicate
  • Promote an understanding of other cultures

Department Chair:
Kin Chan
Webb Hall, Room 226
(860) 465-5328
(860) 465-0193

University Assistant:
Lisa Centola
Webb Hall, Room 223
(860) 465-4571
(860) 465-0193
Professor teaching in front of class
Students and professor promoting the Spanish Club
Professor teaching in front of class
Students from the honor society posing for a photo

Programs of Study

  • Eastern’s Spanish majors learn proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking Spanish. Through classroom instruction, fieldwork and travel, they immerse themselves in Spanish culture and literature, and learn to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts. Spanish majors are also able to discuss cultural topics and major literary works in Spanish. A Spanish minor is also available to other majors.

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  • Students who minor in French will learn not only the language but also the countries and cultures that compose the French-speaking world, as well as issues such as colonialism, post-colonialism, racism and feminism. Students will be introduced to French civilization and today's cultures of French-speaking countries from a historical, political, social and artistic perspective.

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  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary minor specializing in the histories, cultures and social structures of these regions.

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  • The Modern Languages minor exposes students to different people and cultures and enhances appreciation of the world community. Students learn communication skills and a better understanding of other cultures.

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  • Students in the Asian Studies minor are exposed to the history and current affairs of Asian societies, and are encouraged to travel and study in Asia. The minor has particular strengths in China, Japan, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Korea and India.

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  • The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

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