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.
Alison Caplan, Ph.D., Chairperson
Edgar Mejía, Ph.D.
Monica Simal, Ph.D.
Cyrielle Faivre, Ph.D.
Ana Cecilia Iraheta, Ph.D.
Javier I. Mocarquer, 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.
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, business, 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.
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.