Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides expertise in two languages and knowledge of a third — as well as the literature and culture of the relevant communities.

Overview

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides expertise in two languages and knowledge of a third — as well as the literature and culture of the relevant communities.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is composed of five areas: French, German, Hispanic Studies, Japanese, and linguistics.

This program exposes you to the practical study of language within small class sizes to provide an opportunity to acquire many skills that will serve you well in your future endeavours, including superior communicative competence, cultural awareness, and aesthetic literacy.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours

Curriculum

At Mount Allison, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is for students desiring a high competence in two languages plus knowledge of a third one.

As a Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures major, you'll choose:

Language #1
(33 credits)
French or Spanish
Language #2
(24 credits)
French, Spanish, or German
Language #3
(12 credits)
French, Spanish, German, or Japanese

Following introductory courses (or intermediate in the case of French)* in your chosen languages in your first year, you will take more advanced language classes and have options to study French, German, and Spanish literature, film, and culture.

You will also learn the fundamentals of linguistics.

Fourth year offers the chance to pursue independent studies in French, German, and Spanish.

*No prior language knowledge is required for German, Spanish, or Japanese. Some knowledge of French is necessary — there is a required placement test to register for French classes.

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is available as:

  • BA major (72 credits)
  • BA honours (78 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Language Lab, a dedicated space for students to practice language skills

Related programs:

Careers

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures graduates include:

  • tourism development officer
  • immigration officer
  • border services officer
  • intelligence officer
  • interpreter/translator
  • language consultant
  • linguist
  • immigrant/refugee support
  • international student advisor
  • exchange program co-ordinator

Alumni Spotlight

Laura Marie Wayne ('07)
Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Filmmaker

» Scott Jones ('08) and Laura Marie Wayne ('07), co-recipients of the 2018 Alumni Contemporary Achievement Award

Extras

Language Lab

The Language Lab, located within the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, provides students studying languages with a dedicated space to practice their language skills in:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Study abroad and exchanges

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.

Mount Allison's study abroad and exchange opportunities include France, Germany, Spain, and Japan.

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Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards

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Mount A is 3rd in national academic awards won by students


Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second for student satisfaction and third in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

Next Steps

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