The BA in Modern Languages is a balanced program of major study of two languages (French & Spanish), skills development, their cultures and literature. Students may elect to minor in another language (German), Applied Linguistics, or in another field (such as Business Administration, Anthropology /Sociology, Art History, Film Studies, Geography, Global Tourism, Media Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Professional Communication, Women’s Studies). Study abroad is strongly recommended.
It is estimated that more than 350 million people can speak Spanish fluently, making Spanish the fourth most spoken language around the world. In the United States, 45 million people speak Spanish as a first or second language. In addition, Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in U.S. homes, even among non-Hispanics.
French is the official language of 32 countries around the world. Here in New Hampshire, French is the second most commonly spoken language after English as French and French-Canadian heritage makes up the largest ancestry group in the state.
The continuous expansion of international relations makes knowledge of French and Spanish a critical skill for today’s professional. Students may pursue careers in education, research, translation, interpretation, diplomacy, banking, technology, commerce, public health, media studies, and journalism to name a few. The demand for multilingual personnel extends to all fields of enterprise including non-profit organizations.
While at Plymouth State University, students are encouraged to study abroad. We have several exchange and study-abroad programs in France, Canada, Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile.
Click here for the Modern Languages major degree requirements.
For more information about our Modern Languages program, please contact:
Professor of Spanish
Dept. of Languages and Linguistics
226 Hyde Hall
Plymouth State University