Location: Sullivan Hall 211
Rev. Leonard P. Hindsley, Ph.D.
Patricia M. Lawlor, Ph.D.
John B. Margenot III, Ph.D.
Giacomo A. Striuli, Ph.D.
Nuria Alonso García, Ph.D., Chairperson
Salvatore Cappelletti, Ph.D.
Roger B. Carmosino, Ph.D.
Alison Caplan, Ph.D.
Edgar Mejía, Ph.D.
Monica Simal, Ph.D.
The Department of Foreign Language Studies enhances the mission of the College by offering to all Providence College students the opportunity to study foreign languages and cultures as an integral part of their liberal arts education. Knowledge of a foreign language is essential for full and active participation in the global community, an asset in every field of endeavor, and a requirement for graduate study in many disciplines.
A student may elect a major in French, Italian, or Spanish as well as a major in conjunction with the Secondary Education Program in preparation for a career as a foreign language teacher at the secondary level. Students may choose to declare a double major, linking their language major with a major in another field, such as art history, biology, global studies, health policy and management, and political science among others.
Students may elect to minor in German, French, Italian, or Spanish to complement their major field of study and thereby strengthen their employment potential. Other language offerings include Arabic and Chinese. In addition, specially designed programs of language study can be created to suit the needs of individual students. Courses are conducted in the target language unless specified otherwise.
As part of its programs, the Department of Foreign Language Studies strongly encourages students to study abroad and offers advice on summer, semester, or academic-year language programs worldwide.
An online placement test is required for incoming freshmen interested in pursuing the study of French, Italian, or Spanish and should be completed prior to Orientation.