BA in Modern Languages and Cultures
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Welcome to the Modern Languages and Cultures department on Pace University’s New York City campus. We offer a wide variety of courses in eight languages and cultures: Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Modern Languages and Cultures major provides students the opportunity to acquire linguistic, cultural and literary proficiency in two languages along with the practical experience of the senior capstone course.
The curriculum includes a major (24 credits) and a minor (12 credits) track. The major track is a comprehensive program leading to linguistic and cultural fluency in one of the following languages: French, Italian, Russian or Spanish (New York City campus) and French or Spanish (Pleasantville campus). The minor track options are either a second language or an interdisciplinary study of one of the following tracks: Italian Studies; Francophone Studies; Hispanic Studies; or Slavic Studies (NYC only).
BA in Modern Languages and Cultures
Among our top priorities is teaching in a supportive atmosphere. Our faculty provides students with the opportunities to participate in independent research and service learning, as well as aid them in future career decisions. Small class size enables faculty to provide students with individualized instruction and attention. A number of courses are offered online.
We offer numerous study abroad opportunities and we strongly encourage our students to take advantage of these enriching experiences. Students can take part in study-abroad programs lasting for a week, a semester, a summer, or a full year. We also offer culture/travel courses that culminate in a ten-day in-country immersion trip during the spring and winter breaks.
Our professors are actively engaged teacher-scholars with specializations in language, literature, culture, and linguistics of diverse regions of the world. They teach a wide array of courses rooted in the core principles of the humanities and aimed toward professional preparation.
Susan Berardini, associate professor of Spanish. Specialty areas include Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture, contemporary Spanish theater, women writers, and business Spanish.
Andriy Danylenko, associate professor of Russian. Specialty areas include Slavic linguistics, Russian literature and culture, Ukrainian studies, Indo-European studies, and translation.
Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez, professor of Spanish. Specialty areas include Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, women writers, and Latino authors in the United States.
Iride Lamartina-Lens, professor of Spanish. Specialty areas include Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, women writers, translation, and contemporary Peninsular theater.
Martin Marafioti, associate professor of Italian. Specialty areas include Italian literature and culture, and the Renaissance period.
Wagner Suarez, lecturer in Spanish. Specialty areas include Latin American literature and culture, and religious studies.
Andrés Villagrá, professor of Spanish. Specialty areas include Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, autobiography, literature of exile, and application of technology in language pedagogy.
Ying Wang, lecturer in French and Chinese. Specialty areas include French literature and culture, women writers, and 19th century narrative.
Business Insider recognized Pace as providing first-rate integrated learning opportunities, where students "gain hands-on experience in their fields through internships, practicums, and fieldwork."
Graduates of the program find rewarding careers in corporate, education, and government settings, while others go on to law, professional and graduate schools. Internships enhance learning by providing the hands-on experience necessary in today’s competitive job market. Together with the Office of Career Development, we sponsor an annual workshop on International Careers.
The department organizes many events and cultural activities throughout the year, including International Poetry Day; International Career Day; Slavic Day; film festivals; French and Spanish conversation hours; Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society; and excursions to plays and museums. Renowned scholars, playwrights, poets, novelists, and stage and screen directors visit the department as guest lectures.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in the United States and abroad in the areas of business, teaching, and the non-profit sector.