Modern Languages

Language study teaches you to think critically and analytically, and introduces you to ways in which other cultures construct thought and make meaning. Our courses integrate culture, history, literature, and other creative productions into the learning experience, and introduce you to business discourse.

Modern Languages at Bryant

Language study is necessary for employment in a range of professions and offers many opportunities for graduate study.

Our department offers programs in Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Classes are conducted in the target language. We also host a language lab, which provides supplemental instruction and teacher- and student-guided instructional materials.

Faculty members are dedicated educators whose outstanding research runs the gamut from second-language acquisition and applied linguistics to cultural and contemporary issues in countries where the language is spoken. Our department often co-sponsors many of the internationally-focused events held on campus.

Study Abroad

To enhance study of the language, students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous study abroad experiences available to them. Opportunities include the three-credit Sophomore International Experience, often led by members of our department. and numerous study abroad programs.  

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Richard Garceau ’14: Ethical and accountable

An internship, experience with team projects and campus leadership, and strong showing at the National Collegiate Sales Competition opened the way to multiple job offers before graduation.

Erik Budlong ’12: Embracing the unexpected

The International Business major praises Bryant's program for giving him the skills and confidence to take over in India when Hanna Instruments reassigned his general manager.

Renee Lawlor ’15: The experience is what you make of it

Two very different internships – each with an international focus — helped her to define her path after graduation.


Offered as a major, a concentration, and a minor. The University offers unique opportunities to be involved with China through its U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute, which forge academic, business, and cultural partnerships between Bryant and China's higher learning institutions, businesses, and governmental offices.

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Offered as a major, a concentration, and a minor. Faculty members are active researchers in the fields of psycholinguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and international business education. They also are active in service learning, student assessment, and the pedagogy of Spanish-language film and literature.

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French and Italian

The French concentration and minor are designed to provide an advanced level of language proficiency and an understanding of the culture of France and French-speaking countries. Through the Italian minor, you will gain an advanced level of language proficiency and a strong understanding of Italian culture.

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