MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern and Classical Languages
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 320, (651) 962-5150
Pinto, D., (chair); Arabic – Khalek; Chinese (Mandarin) - He; Classics (coordinator) – Quartarone; French – Dziekowicz (coordinator), Lohse, Shams; German – Wagner (coordinator); Irish Gaelic – Jeffers; Italian - Faggioli; Japanese – Matsumoto; Spanish – Ehrmantraut, Kroll, Nieto, Pinto, Raschio, Rey-Montejo, Scham, Tar, Tight, Vigil
Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/mcl/
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers major and minor concentrations in Classical Languages, French, German, Latin and Spanish, with additional minors in Greek and Japanese. Other language majors, minors and courses are available through the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities and through Individualized Majors/Minors at UST (contact department chair for details). Language classes are also available in Arabic and Irish Gaelic and in cooperation with the ACTC, courses in other languages not offered at UST are also available.
The department also offers additional majors in International Business – language intensive (French, German and Spanish) and Literary Studies (foreign language and English literature).
Students graduating with a major in Classical Languages will have acquired a working vocabulary and knowledge of the structures of Classical Greek and/or Latin adequate to read the works of Greek and/or Latin authors. They will have gained experience in reading major authors in the languages, and will perceive the relationship between the authors and their cultural context.
Students graduating with a major in French will have a solid understanding of the French language and the ability to use the language effectively in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. They will have developed the skills necessary for the study, analysis, and interpretation of a wide range of cultural texts, including literary texts.
Students graduating with a major in German will have acquired a command of the German language for use in academic and/or professional life. They will have become acquainted with the culture of the German-speaking countries and with the role these countries and their culture have historically played and continue to play in the world today.
Students graduating with a major in International Business – language intensive will be able to demonstrate a command of the appropriate language for use in business and professional life, will understand the historical and cultural development of the countries of that language, and will understand the business practices and economic structure of those countries.
Students graduating with a major in Spanish will have a solid understanding of the Spanish language and the ability to use the language effectively in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Additionally, they will have developed 1) the skills necessary for the study, analysis, and interpretation of a wide range of cultural and literary texts; or 2) a foundation in Hispanic linguistics from both a theoretical and an applied perspective.
The department also offers courses for the non-major to fulfill the Language and Culture requirement of the core curriculum.