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Mechanical Engineering
Medford NY

Languages at RIT

Christina Maragioglio on Wednesday, 19 March 2014. Posted in Clubs, Coursework, Majors & Minors

Have you ever wanted to connect with people of different cultures in a deeper way than just simply saying hello? If so, then the Modern Language classes at RIT will be the perfect opportunity to do just that! In my experience, speaking to people in their native language creates a much more comfortable and open conversation, especially if the person you are speaking with does not normally get the opportunity to speak their native language. Taking a modern language class at RIT can also lead to study and work abroad opportunities in addition to being a fantastic resume builder and life skill! Modern Language classes are offered in:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

In addition to being a valuable asset, modern languages can be chosen as an immersion or Minor! Since each student is required to declare a liberal arts immersion, why not choose something completely outside of your comfort zone?  Taking just 3 consecutive classes in your specified language will fulfill your immersion requirement and, by adding two more classes, you can receive a Minor! Culture classes including Caribbean Cinema, Japanese Culture in Print and Global Literatures and Cultures are also available to create a broader understanding of the culture which a specific language originated from or is spoken in. In addition, students taking Modern Language and Culture classes are given access to the Language lab as well as free tutoring in the language that they are studying! If you prefer a more relaxed social setting for learning or practice a language, RIT does also offer a variety of clubs and activities to help! No Voice Zone is one of the most popular options on campus. No Voice Zone is an event each week where students of all skill levels both learn and practice ASL. Students are sorted into groups based on skill level and fellow students teach the groups new signs each week. There is one rule at this event; you must turn off your voice! This activity is a fantastic way to meet new friends and to create a greater bond between deaf/hard of hearing and hearing students! Other clubs also include the Spanish Club and the Chinese Culture Club! If you would like more information about language courses at RIT, please visit: