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Explore language, culture and literature courses designed to enhance language acquisition and foster an understanding of diverse peoples and cultures.

In an increasingly globalized society, there are clear practical benefits to speaking more than one language. Bilingualism has become essential to those engaging in areas of science, technology, business and politics. And beyond just words and syntax, learning another language allows students to gain a deeper understanding of cultural ideas and traditions, and opens doors to career opportunities in a variety of different fields. The Department seeks to better prepare Emmanuel students to succeed in an interconnected world.

While Emmanuel is located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the U.S., there are even more opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. These include faculty-led study abroad courses in locations such as Paris, Milan and Oviedo, among others.


Emmanuel’s modern languages department offers a major and minor in Spanish as well as certificates in Arabic, French, Italian or Spanish, with courses designed to illuminate the intersection of language, literature and culture.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Modern Languages faculty is comprised of a diverse and energetic group of professionals who are passionate about the language and culture they teach and are committed to fostering strong conversational skills in a second language.

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Modern Languages News & Updates

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Ryan ’14 Awarded Fulbright to Greece

A double major in international studies and Spanish, Kelsey Ryan will spend the ...

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"Darkness in the City of Light"

In January 2014, twelve students embarked on a travel course to Paris, led by Le...

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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