The study of a foreign language, literature, and culture has traditionally been a core component of a true liberal arts education. In today’s globalized world, this academic tradition has acquired a more urgent, practical dimension. Here at Keene State College, we offer majors and minors in Spanish and French and a minor in German, as well as courses in other languages.
The Department of Modern Languages offers a number of options to incorporate the study of French, German, and/or Spanish into your education, your career, and your life. You can major in French or Spanish, minor in French, Spanish, or German, or simply take courses that will help you improve your employment marketability no matter what your future line of work might be. Many of these courses also serve as credit toward the completion of the Integrative Studies Program and the fulfillment of other school requirements. More about Program Overview
This major allows students to acquire an active command of written and spoken French, with a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in the French-speaking world. It is designed to complement programs such as Film Studies, Management, English, History, Music, and Education. French majors study in Africa, France, or Québec through our exchange programs or through other approved programs. More about French
The German Minor will familiarize you with historical and contemporary Germany and other German-speaking countries. It complements programs such as Film Studies, Management, English, History, Holocaust Studies, Music and Education. This minor provides students with an active command of written and spoken German and with a knowledge of historical and contemporary Germany. More about German
This major allows students to acquire an active command of written and spoken Spanish, with a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world. It is designed to complement programs such as Film Studies, English, History, Management, Music and Education. Spanish majors study in Spain or Latin America through our exchange programs or through other approved programs. More about Spanish
James Lavimoniere '13, recipient of Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange fellowship
We have many accomplished students who are active within the department and elsewhere. They participate in honor societies, clubs and other student organizations, and contribute to the betterment of Keene State College, our community, and the world.
Our graduates are a living testament to the importance of the study of foreign languages and cultures in a liberal arts education as well as to the many academic and professional doors it can open in a wide variety of fields. More about Students and Alumni
The faculty at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is comprised of native and near-native speakers of French, German and Spanish who come from France, Quebec, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru — and, of course, the United States. More about Department Faculty