Bryant University. The Character of Success

Modern Languages Department

Language study teaches students to think critically and analytically, and introduces them to the ways in which other cultures construct thought and make meaning.

The Department of Modern Languages includes programs in Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Courses integrate culture, history, literature, and other creative productions into the learning experience, as well as introduce students to business discourse.

To enhance study of the language, students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous study abroad experiences available to them. The Department also hosts an innovative language lab, which provides students with supplemental instruction and teacher- and student-guided instructional materials.


2/2/2011 The Valley Breeze Newspapers / Cumberland Lincoln Edition

Bryant offers majors in Chinese and Spanish

SMITHFIELD - Bryant University has announced the addition of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish to the list of majors available through its College of Arts and Sciences. They are the first language majors offered by the university.

Courses in each language, as well as in French and Italian, have been offered for several years in the Department of Modern Languages and students have been able to minor in any of the four languages. But as part of the university's mission to cultivate a global perspective and to accommodate the growing number of students eager to build their fluency in a second - or even third - language, the university's Curriculum Committee approved the new majors this past fall.

Said David Lux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, "The curriculum of each major offers students an advanced level of language proficiency and intercultural insight that prepares them to live, study and work in countries where Mandarin Chinese or Spanish are spoken."

Students in either major also will be able to integrate their studies with lecture series, cultural events, business opportunities and volunteer activities offered through Bryant's academic and student life divisions, and through the Chafee Center for International Business, the U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute, Lux said.