Modern Languages



L. Uribe, Chair; L. Casas, A. García-Lozada, J. Kazceki, P. Lapuerta, G. Mejía, A. Morales, M. Passaro, C. Pesca, S. Tomoda (Dept. phone: 860-832-2875)

Department Overview

The Department of Modern Languages recognizes that the world in which we live and work is global, interdependent, dynamic, and pluralistic. We understand that communication involves the cultural, linguistic, and social dimensions of language. Our overall goal is to teach students to communicate beyond their native language in order to participate effectively in that world. To achieve these goals, instructors employ oral proficiency strategies, which promote correct oral use of the language. Writing and reading skills receive greater emphasis as the level of course work intensifies.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a wide variety of language, culture, and literature courses that not only provide students with an aesthetic appreciation of the representative languages but also give them a better understanding of self, of other cultures, and of the complexities of human nature.

The Department of Modern Languages assures the quality of its programs with a faculty whose deep commitment to teaching and research is matched by their linguistic expertise and knowledge of their discipline. As a vital part of CCSU's academic program, the Department of Modern Languages is proud of its dedication to language learning and international studies.


Language Placement Examination

Every student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level study as part of general education.

The Department of Modern Languages tests achievement levels in Italian by appointment. Testing for French, German, and Spanish proficiency is done by appointment in The Learning Center, located in Copernicus. Students with skills in languages other than those listed above should arrange with the Department of Modern Languages for verification of their level of proficiency. These examinations serve for both exemption and placement. All students, including native speakers, with two years or fewer of previous foreign language study must take the exams.

Students with three or more years of successful secondary language study in one language are automatically exempt from further required coursework; they should take the exam if they expect to continue study in that language.

To register for an elementary language course, numbered 111 or 118, students may have no more than one year previous study of that language.



Major in French, BA (30 credits)

Major in German, BA (30 credits)

Major in Italian, BA (30 credits)

Major in Spanish, BA (30 credits)

Major in French, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 36 credits)

Major in German, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 36 credits)

Major in Italian, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 36 credits)

Major in Spanish, BS (Certifiable for secondary teaching, 36 credits)

International Studies Major

Minor in Modern Language (18 credits)



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