In our Modern Languages Department, you’ll learn not only language proficiency, but new ways to process information, new perspectives, a sense of history, and an appreciation for other cultures. Through literature, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of intellectual and social diversity. Whether you major or minor in a language, you’ll become a better communicator and researcher, and a creative problem-solver. Study abroad will teach you to function comfortably in the global community and acquire a thirst for discovery.
- Study abroad is a key component of our language major and minor. French majors and minors study in Strasbourg, France. German minors study in Marburg, Germany. And Spanish-speaking majors and minors study in Barcelona, Spain; Xalapa, Mexico; or Quito, Ecuador. In all cases, students receive extensive training in advanced language skills, become integrated into the local culture, and have access to a range of courses on topics beyond language instruction. January travel courses to France and Spain are offered, too.
- The Dillon Roush Traxler and Macon Dale Traxler Scholarship helps language majors and minors engaged in international study. Awarded annually, the scholarship defrays some of the extra expenses inherent in international study and supports students for whom the experience might not be possible otherwise.
- The Beulah E. Book Lecture Series brings scholars to campus to speak on issues such as language pedagogy, international politics, and linguistics.
- The Heritage Speaker Proficiency Program recognizes the unique situation of students for whom English is a second language. The department offers the possibility of earning credits through a proficiency exam. Students who are interested should contact Dr. Yañez or Dr. Margolies.
- Alpha Mu Gamma is the first and largest national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States. Manchester’s chapter was established in 2001 to recognize the outstanding achievements of our language students.
- Shelby Covington ’13 graduated with majors in French and English, and a minor in Peace Studies. She works as a bilingual editor for the Yellow Pages Group.
- Kaitlin Johnson ’12 graduated with degrees in Spanish and chemistry and is studying for her doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her language degree and study abroad experience helped set her apart from other applicants.
- Haley Nagila ’11 graduated with a degree in Spanish and political science. As an AmeriCorps volunteer she worked as an interpreter for a refugee resettlement organization. She is a bilingual legal assistant at a pro bono legal organization and is a bilingual clerk for the United States Customs Service.