Language lies at the heart of every culture—to learn a foreign language is to enter into a new world. In the combined languages minor, you will work to achieve proficiency in two languages, thereby encountering two cultures at a deep level. You will also learn how languages are structured and meaning is communicated. Though mastering a foreign language requires commitment and effort, the rewards are of lifelong value.
Gordon’s Languages and Linguistics Department offers advanced-level instruction in Spanish and French. You may also have the opportunity to pursue upper-level coursework in Chinese (Mandarin), Greek, Latin and Hebrew overseas or through independent study. We see global exposure as a crucial component of your education, and are committed to making your required two semesters abroad possible—so your financial aid package will apply to any Gordon-approved programs.
Your proficiency in multiple languages and your intercultural competency will prepare you for graduate studies and will serve you well in a wide variety of careers, including:
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GO THE EXTRA MILE
Join one or several of Gordon’s language clubs, including the Spanish Club and the Cercle Français. Participate in student-led service-learning trips to locations where your primary languages of study are spoken. Consider undertaking a substantial research project on a topic of interest, which culminates in a written honors thesis and oral presentation in front of departmental faculty. Also, stay on the lookout for cultural events in the Greater Boston area.
To ensure that you acquire in-depth linguistic and cultural understanding of your two primary languages, you will complete at least one semester of study abroad in each language.