Modern languages, literatures, and cultures is an interdisciplinary degree that provides you with expertise in two languages and knowledge of a third.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: BA honours or major
Modern languages, literatures, and cultures at Mount Allison exposes you to the practical study of language, as well as to the literature and culture of the relevant communities.
You will develop a high level of competence in two languages, plus knowledge of a third.
Mount Allison offers the opportunity to study four of the world’s most influential languages: French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. No prior language knowledge is required for German, Spanish, or Japanese, but some knowledge of French is necessary. There is a required placement test to register for French classes.
In first year you will take introductory courses (or intermediate in the case of French) in your chosen languages, plus courses exploring francophone and/or Hispanic culture.
In second year you will take more advanced language classes and have options to study French, German, and Spanish literature, film, and culture.
In third year you have the opportunity to further refine your language skills plus take more specialized literature courses in French, German, and Spanish. You will also learn the fundamentals of linguistics.
Fourth year offers the chance to pursue independent studies in French, German, and Spanish.
You are encouraged to take advantage of extracurricular opportunities to enhance your studies, and to participate in international study abroad and exchange programs to gain further exposure to both the language and culture you are studying.
Find a list of courses in modern languages, literatures, and culture in the academic calendar — modern languages and literatures.
Popular career paths for graduates include:
- tourism development officer
- immigration officer
- border services officer
- intelligence officer
- language consultant
- immigrant/refugee support
- international student advisor
- exchange program co-ordinator
“At first, I had just wanted to learn the
language. But as I started taking some literature courses to complete my
minor, it heightened my interest in the language. Furthermore, there is
a good balance of speaking in classes and labs as well as reading
Math, minors in German studies and psychology (’14)
Saint John, NB/Bangladesh
“Sometimes, the thought of writing a research essay or reading a novel in a second language can seem daunting. Accomplishing these tasks, however, is possible, fun, and rewarding. Many of the novels that intimidated me when I took my first French literature class at Mount A are now featured on my list of favourite books.”
Double major French and English (’15)
Before you register for a French course at Mount Allison, you must complete the French Skills Assessment. The assessment will determine the appropriate entry-level course for you.
If you have difficulty with the online version of the assessment, please contact the department office at (506) 364-2478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
German, Spanish, and Japanese courses do not require any previous knowledge of the language.
Mount Allison offers study abroad and exchange opportunities in 17 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and Japan.
There are opportunities for students to work as lab monitors and research assistants. There are also opportunities to conduct summer research, supported by independent student summer research awards.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures runs two-week in-country classes in Paris, France and Seville, Spain each spring. The Paris-Seville courses are taught in English, but provide opportunities for students to improve their language skills by immersing themselves in the local community and by participating in cultural experiences.
Mount Allison offers Certificates of Bilingualism to any student who can demonstrate a high level of competence in both English and French. Any student can apply to be examined for the certificate, whether or not you have taken French or English courses at Mount Allison.