The major/minor in modern languages and cultures (ML) constitutes a flexible, interdisciplinary program. The ML program offers students the opportunity to become proficient in a foreign language and to acquire knowledge in that culture through study in cognate fields.
The ML program is firmly grounded in the College of Arts and Sciences as an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum. As such, it extends second-language use beyond the foreign-language classroom and into existing courses throughout the University of Hartford curriculum. The department allows majors/minors flexibility in designing their study program, and so students may request 15 credit hours of work in related disciplines outside of the ML department, provided they have a foreign language across the curriculum (FLAC) component.
Distinctive features of the Department of Modern Languages are its interdisciplinary emphasis and its use of foreign languages across the curriculum, or purposeful and directed application of foreign-language skills throughout the general University curriculum. Its central proposition is that students acquire competence and critical-thinking skills by applying foreign-language proficiency in other disciplines. Because the major/minor does not limit itself to language/literature learning but focuses on cross-cultural perspectives, FLAC is integral to the ML program.
Designed for a multicultural world, the ML curriculum makes social, political, and economic events integral to a program that focuses on sound foreign-language skills, international literacy, and cross-cultural knowledge.
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.