Location: Sullivan Hall 211
Rev. Leonard P. Hindsley, Ph.D., Emeritus
Patricia M. Lawlor, Ph.D.
John B. Margenot III, Ph.D.
Giacomo A. Striuli, Ph.D.
Nuria Alonso García, Ph.D.
Salvatore Cappelletti, Ph.D.
Edgar Mejía, Ph.D.
Alison Caplan, Ph.D., Chairperson
Cyrielle Faivre, Ph.D.
Javier I. Mocarquer, Ph.D.
Monica Simal, Ph.D.
The Department of Foreign Language Studies offers students the opportunity to study foreign languages and cultures as an integral part of their liberal arts education. Two semesters of the same foreign language fulfill the Core Focus Requirement at Providence College. Please consult the College website for a list of classes that fulfill core foundation or proficiency requirements.
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.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICU Rhode Island) offers a Language Consortium program to students currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at one of Rhode Island’s private institutions of higher education (Brown University, Bryant University, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University). This program gives our students the opportunity to enroll at any of the consortium schools (on a “space available” basis) in language courses which are not offered at the home institution.
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 Summer Orientation. Students who do not enroll in a language course during the freshmen year are also required to take or retake the language test to ensure an accurate placement according to level of proficiency.