The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a wide range of courses in the language, literature, and culture of the languages listed below. Courses from the department can be used to fulfill the college language requirement for a BA, the college requirement in non-Western culture, or the university general education requirements in literature or global understanding. Read more about which language courses fulfill which requirements below.
Students with some prior knowledge of a language who wish to continue the study of that language should take a foreign language placement test. Tests are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Most are multiple choice tests covering listening comprehension and reading. See the Foreign Language Placement Testing webpage below for more information.
The department also offers courses of general interest and relevance to students of language, literature, and culture under the subject code FRLN - Foreign Languages.
Students of language are encouraged to explore the many study abroad opportunities offered by Mason's Center for Global Education.
FRLN courses courses are taught in English and concern topics of general interest and relevance to students of language, literature, and culture.