Department of Languages and Cultures

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The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures is to develop the language skills, linguistic knowledge, and cultural awareness necessary to prepare students to become responsible and effective citizens of the world and to provide academic training in fields involving language, literature, and culture.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Asian Studies - East Asian concentration
  • BA in Asian Studies - South Asian concentration
  • BA in Asian Studies - Chinese Language Track
  • BA in Asian Studies - Japanese Language Track
  • BA in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • BA in Spanish
  • Minor in Asian Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies Minor
  • Minor in International Cinema
  • Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Minor in Linguistics
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Minor in Spanish for the Professions
  • Minor in World Literature
  • MEd in Curriculum and Learning
  • Graduate Certification Program: Bilingual
  • Graduate Certification Program: Teaching English as a Second Language

A BA degree in languages and cultures gives students competence in a foreign language and familiarity with foreign cultures. These qualities make graduates competitive hires in companies with international interests. The MEd degree and the various certifications offered by the department prepare graduates to become teachers in a variety of language subjects, many of which are in high demand in the state of New Jersey.

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Elio will be working in the business sector while attending graduate school for a Masters in Marketing.

Elio Hernández Urias '20

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies

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Alianna will be seeking employment in education and human resources. She also plans to attend graduate school for a Master in Education.

Alianna López '19

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Minor in Psychology

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Jesenia will graduate this May and teach Spanish at Leonia High School.

Jesenia Ramos' 20

Leonia High School

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Melissa graduates this May and will start at Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School in Newark as a Bilingual teacher for the Second Grade.

Melissa Villa' 20

Bilingual Teacher

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Trevor was a long-term Substitute Teacher and just got a new position as a Bilingual Science Teacher at Morristown High School.

Trevor Courtright' 19

Bilingual Science Teacher

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Grace is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of William Paterson University and will continue working as a Master Tutor at the Academic Support Center while she pursues her graduate studies.

Grace Moreyra '20

Accepted into the Masters in Secondary Education at William Paterson University

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Lupe plans to work in the Social Service sector and eventually do her Master’s degree.

Lupe Priego ' 20

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

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Monica is the honoree of the Graduate Award for Excellence in Bilingual/ESL Studies. She has a 3.99 GPA. Monica also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Spanish major as an undergraduate.

Monica Artiga '20

MED Curr&Learn Bilingual/ESL

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Katherine is the honoree of the Award for Excellence in Spanish. She has a 3.99 GPA.

Katherine Martinez' 20

Bachelor of Arts, Education-Early Childhood ESL Bilingual

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Abigail is the honoree in Outstanding Graduate in Asian Studies. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a double major in ASN and History.

Abigail Jones' 20

Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies Japanese Language & History