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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages and Cultures

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World Languages and Cultures


Linda Ledford-Miller, Ph.D., Chair
Marzia Caporale, Ph.D.
Hannah Jackson, M.A., Director of Language Learning Center
Jaime Meilán del Río, Esq.
Robert A. Parsons, Ph.D.
Virginia A. Picchietti, Ph.D.
Yamile Silva, M.A., Ph.D.
Jamie H. Trnka, Ph.D.
Joseph P. Wilson, Ph.D.
Habib K. Zanzana, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is to prepare students to become proficient in a language, a literature, and a culture other than English and American so that they may lead empowered and productive lives as global citizens. World language students, especially majors and minors, employ their enhanced cultural awareness, intercultural sensitivity, and global perspective, in order to meet the innumerable challenges of an ever increasingly interrelated and interdependent world.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at The University of Scranton adheres to the Ignatian principle that world language education is a vital part of the student’s intellectual formation. World language acquisition is a vital part of the liberal arts education that is at the core of Jesuit education. Proficiency in world languages allows students to understand better the world in which they live; to comprehend better the intellectual and cultural traditions of others; to serve more fully their fellows. The faculty work to develop in their students an informed sense of moral and ethical responsibility, in keeping with the Jesuit mission of cura animae and cura personalis. Academic and professional growth is nurtured through close contact with faculty and staff; a sense of service is fostered through multiple opportunities to work and interact with the local community; and a sense of international responsibility is created by prolonged interaction with international scholars here at the University, as well as study abroad in other countries. The faculty adheres to the highest standards of professional and scholarly responsibility in all their dealings with students, other faculty, other departments, and the University community.


The program of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is designed to enable students to read, write, speak and comprehend one or more world languages; to think and express themselves logically, precisely and critically in one or more world languages; to acquire skills in literary criticism by reading representative world authors; to gain insight into the evolution of the culture and civilization of world peoples as reflected in their literature. Majors are available in French and Francophone Studies, German Cultural Studies, Italian, and Hispanic Studies.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Classical Languages gives students a solid foundation in Latin and Greek to engender an appreciation of the liberal aspects of Classical studies. Classics majors are encouraged to take their junior year abroad at Loyola University’s Rome Center of Liberal Arts, with which The University of Scranton is affiliated.

World language majors and students pursuing teaching certification must complete 36 credits in one language beginning with the intermediate level if it is modern (or 30 credits if beginning at the 300-level), and the elementary level if it is classical. The cognate for World language majors may include a second language, either modern or classical, or courses appropriate to support a world regional interest or supporting courses for a future career. A double major may be pursued by taking 36 credits in one language, beginning with the intermediate or elementary level, and by satisfying the major and cognate requirements of another department. The placement of students at a particular world-language level is the responsibility of the department.

The department urges students to study abroad during their junior year. In addition, it strongly recommends that students returning from the study abroad experience take at least one course per semester in their major language during the senior year. All returning students are required to take at least one upper-division 300- or 400-level course in their major language at The University of Scranton. Courses taken abroad in the target language may count toward majors and minors.

Affiliated Programs

The Italian Studies Concentration  is affiliated with the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

For information on the CAS/MBA Five-Year Program, visit our CAS/MBA Five-Year Program  page.

Course Information

Courses for World Languages and Cultures are listed under the prefixes ASL, ARAB, CNS, FREN, GERM, SPAN, ITAL, JPN, PORT, RUSS, GRK, HEBR, LAT, LIT, and LANG.  For more information on these courses visit our World Languages and Cultures Department Courses  page. For more information on all courses offered, visit our Course Descriptions  page.

For more information about the World Languages and Cultures department, visit its website.

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