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Modern Languages Minors

Language Minors:

The Modern Languages department offers a minor in 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies.

A Minor in a modern language provides two full years of modern language instruction to prepare students for living and working within an intercultural society both at home and abroad. The minor consists of five language courses fostering linguistic and cultural proficiency. Students with previous language skills must consult the minor adviser for placement evaluation before they register. Part of the requirements for this minor can be fulfilled by courses taken abroad. This minor is closed to fluent native speakers of the language.

Important Information:

  1. Evening students may not declare this minor.
  2. Fluent native speakers of a language offered at RIT may not choose a minor in that language.
  3. Residency requirement: three out of the five required courses must be taken at RIT. Only two courses may be transferred in, if necessary. Thus this minor is closed to students with substantial transfer credit in a language or significant prior knowledge of a language.
  4. Students may neither skip nor go back to the lower level in the language course sequence. Students with some proficiency in the intended minor should contact the minor advisor for proper placement prior to the registration for the first course of the sequence at RIT.

 See the College of Liberal Arts Minors information page for more details.


Other Minors Supported by the Department: 

Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies Minor:  

The Latino/Latina/Latin American studies minor allows students to study Latino or Latin American culture. The goal is to introduce students to the customs and culture (history, art, literature, politics, anthropology, music) of Latin America or of Latinos in the U.S. Students will also become aware of the relationship between language and culture and of the differences between their own language and culture and those of Spanish-speaking countries or Brazil.

See College of Liberal Arts Minors for more details.


Language Science Minor:  

The language science is the study and analysis of human language. The minor is directly applicable to students interested in the field of computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the minor requirements irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Some courses in the minor include core linguistic principles, technology of language, psychology of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the minor to their interests.

See College of Liberal Arts Minors for more details.