About the Modern Languages Program

Bachelor of Arts degrees in French Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish, and Spanish Cultural Studies

Students in Arcadia’s Modern Languages program enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures in a small University setting that is dedicated to global awareness and exploration. The program offers majors and minors in Spanish, French and Italian; a minor in German; and courses in Japanese, Arabic, and American Sign Language. Coursework is reinforced by a dedicated faculty and real-world, hands-on internships both in the U.S. and through Arcadia’s acclaimed study abroad program. Particularly in today’s global marketplace, the Modern Languages Program supports students in a variety of careers and helps broaden their communication/cultural skills and marketability.

  • Preparation for graduate study
  • Preparation for teaching
  • Preparation for careers in business, communications, social services, healthcare, education or government
  • Minors in Spanish, French, Italian and German
  • Courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
  • Internships in the Hispanic community in Philadelphia
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world


Proficiency in a language in addition to English is an increasingly important tool for a career in business, communications, social services, healthcare, education or government.

Modern Languages programs focus on the study of language, culture, literature and film within each international language group. Students who pursue a major in Spanish, Italian or French can take advantage of a wide range of courses in the language, culture and literature of Spain, Latin America, Italy, and France, respectively.

Modern Languages programs include a Bachelor of Arts in SpanishSpanish Cultural StudiesItalian StudiesFrench Studies, and minors in Spanish, French, Italian and German. Also available are courses at the beginning level, in Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language and Russian. Intermediate courses are offered in Japanese.

Modern Language courses emphasize both language proficiency and cultural understanding. Fluency and accuracy of language are the basis for effective communication. At the same time, students can begin to relate to the cultural aspects of the language they are studying through authentic written materials. Classes are taught in the target language, and small-group activities involve students in active learning.

Critical thinking is encouraged from beginning courses through advanced film and literature courses. Students who intend to continue a language studied previously (in high school or elsewhere) take a placement test and enroll in the course designated by the Department. The completion of the 101-201 level sequence (or its equivalent) is required for all courses above 201.

National Honor Society Participation

The Department supports chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society; Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society; and Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian honor society. Students of Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese are involved in the multicultural community at Arcadia University in many ways.


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Easton Hall, Room 133

Joanne Lucena, Chair