Department of Languages and Cultures

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The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures is to develop the language skills, linguistic knowledge, and cultural awareness necessary to prepare students to become responsible and effective citizens of the world and to provide academic training in fields involving language, literature, and culture.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Asian Studies
  • BA in Spanish
  • Minors in Languages and Cultures
  • MEd in Curriculum and Learning
  • Graduate Certification Program: Bilingual
  • Graduate Certification Program: Teaching English as a Second Language

The demand for foreign language skills is greater than ever before. Companies today – whether in the boardroom, the field, with customers and partners, or on social media – are more likely to conduct business in a language other than English. Customer service, sales, marketing, management, and IT are industry sectors with some of the highest demand for employees with Foreign Language skills. The most sought-after language skills are in Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, and German. The BA in Asian Studies, BA in Spanish, and various Minors in the Department prepare students for today’s careers.

For those entering the teaching profession, the BA in Spanish enables students to teach Spanish in K-6 as well as K-12 education. For those who wish to become teachers in another subject, the ESL and Bilingual programs prepare future educators to teach English as a Second Language or in Bilingual Education.

At the graduate level, the MEd in Curriculum and Learning with a concentration in Bilingual/ESL Education and the Certificate programs in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and ESL prepare graduates to become teachers in a variety of language subjects. Graduates of each program are in high demand in the state of New Jersey.

Spanish - BA Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will show an Advanced Low or higher level of proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Spanish. 
  • Students will display understanding of grammatical structures and will apply this knowledge in oral and written practice. 
  • Students will demonstrate ability to understand cultural and literary  texts 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the socio-political and historical contexts of texts and cultural production. 
  • Students will exhibit ability to seek out information, examine assumptions and premises, and write meaningful conclusions based upon objective facts. 

Asian Studies – BA Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate the ability to read and converse minimally at a second-year level of proficiency in an Asian language, depending on Track.
  • Show general familiarity with the histories, societies, cultures, literatures, and geography of Asia in general and of a specific geographic and cultural sub-region of Asia, either East Asia (including China, Japan, and Korea) or South Asia (including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka).
  • Demonstrate awareness and familiarity with different disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia, such as historical, political, cultural, geographic, social, and or linguistic perspectives on the region.
  • Critically analyze Asia's role in relation to the U.S. and the world.

The Bilingual - ESL Grad Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Bilingual/ESL Graduate Program is to prepare educators to teach linguistically diverse learners through courses that balance current theory and practical experience, and to foster the development of knowledge and skills needed to support these learners in their development of proficiency and literacy in both their home language(s) and English

Program Strengths:

  • Online learning model designed for busy NJ classroom teachers.
  • A direct pathway to additional credentials in ESL and/or Bilingual Education through certification or a master’s degree.  
  • TESOL and CAEP National Accreditation.
  • Individualized advisement and mentoring that facilitates completing the program at students’ preferred pace. 
  • Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference with a wide range of workshops for additional PD hours.
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Elio will be working in the business sector while attending graduate school for a Masters in Marketing.

Elio Hernández Urias '20

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies

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Alianna will be seeking employment in education and human resources. She also plans to attend graduate school for a Master in Education.

Alianna López '19

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Minor in Psychology

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Jesenia will graduate this May and teach Spanish at Leonia High School.

Jesenia Ramos' 20

Leonia High School

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Melissa graduates this May and will start at Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School in Newark as a Bilingual teacher for the Second Grade.

Melissa Villa' 20

Bilingual Teacher

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Trevor was a long-term Substitute Teacher and just got a new position as a Bilingual Science Teacher at Morristown High School.

Trevor Courtright' 19

Bilingual Science Teacher

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Grace is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of William Paterson University and will continue working as a Master Tutor at the Academic Support Center while she pursues her graduate studies.

Grace Moreyra '20

Accepted into the Masters in Secondary Education at William Paterson University

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Lupe plans to work in the Social Service sector and eventually do her Master’s degree.

Lupe Priego ' 20

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

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Jennifer is the first College graduate in her family and plans to pursue a Masters in Higher Education while working part-time at a local university.

Jennifer Sharari '19

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish & Minor in Legal Studies, Summa Cum Laude