Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

We have watched with horror and anger the latest examples of extreme disregard for African-American life. We are mourning George Floyd and all the victims of violence, cruelty, and murder in our community of black and brown people throughout the country.

You have been affected deeply by these horrific events, by an ongoing global pandemic, by having to adjust to new living situations, by the inordinate level of anxiety and high level of emotions that result from their confluence. We stand in solidarity with all of you, and once again ask you to stay strong. Just as the US is not alone in its battle against racism and for social justice (as attested by the spontaneous movements of solidarity throughout Europe), you are not alone. Know that we are thinking of you and that we are committed to do our part in the hard work ahead needed to change the systemic racism that is part of our society. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help in any way. 

Arabic Studies | Asian Studies | French Transnational Studies

Goucher College is dedicated to a liberal arts education that prepares students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking. The Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures greatly contributes to this mission by providing the keys to understanding other linguistic and cultural codes as well as academically sound and innovative models for study abroad. Our international faculty engages students in the study of compelling transnational issues through the analysis of international and transnational cultural texts and media. Within the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, study abroad is an experiential component of the major and minor curricula, carefully integrated within the college’s liberal arts tradition. Foreign language study is especially valued for its ability to promote Goucher’s commitment to “an expanding sense of community – a community where discourse is valued and practiced.” While all language study helps students become more aware of other perspectives and the singularity of their own, foreign language study in particular helps to make Goucher a place where “each community member contributes to, and in turn, is enriched by … the communities of the world.” inally, the intercultural and linguistic skills mastered by language students are extremely valuable in helping Goucher graduates realize the ideals stated in the college’s Diversity Statement, in particular, to “carry these values into the world at large; to promote tolerance, inclusiveness, democratic values, and learning across differences everywhere; and to help shape the local and global discourse about diversity and multiculturalism and their evolving relationship with the broadest possible educational enterprise.”

The overall goal of the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures has been, and continues to be the strengthening of the liberal arts undergraduate curriculum at Goucher College through programs of broad scope and high quality as well as a variety of interdisciplinary course offerings in areas as diverse as film, literature, culture, anthropology, theater, Holocaust studies, folklore, socio-linguistics, ecology. Foreign language proficiency grants privileged access to the nuances of original texts in these fields as well as accounts of current events and history.

The Language House and Thormann International Center

The Language House, conveniently located in the vicinity of the Thormann International Center and staffed by native speakers, intergrates the classroom and social experience of dedicated language students. It is a living and learning community that provides students with the opportunity to foster the learning of foreign languages and culture. Speaking a foreign language and attending different foreign language and cultural events will be the central focus of programming within Language House. Students who choose to live in this house agree to practice speaking a foreign language in the house. All residents of the House must commit to improving their foreign language and cultural skills. Residents who reside in the Language House are required to attend 8 language tables per semester organized by the language coordinators. The Language House is located in Welsh Hall.  Please visit the Language House blog for more information.  

The Language-Through-Linkage (LTL) Option

Students should also be aware of the opportunities for perfecting their language skills while pursuing courses taught in English originating in other departments. In such cases, students enroll in both the three-credit English taught course and in a one-credit language course attached to it. The latter provides meetings with students with an added opportunity to further explore the topic studied in the three-credit course in the target language.

French LTL courses include FR 231 (paired with WL 230), FR 295 (paired with SOA 238/HIS 227, and Russian LTL courses include RUS/WL 253.


Other languages offered by Goucher College

Spanish (as part of Hispanic & LatinX Studies)