Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages
and Intercultural Studies
Whether you are taking a 100-level language class to
fulfill a General Education requirement, or a 400-level
culture seminar for your French or Spanish major, we are glad to
have you with us. Please take a moment to navigate our site in
order to see all that we have to offer.
What makes us distinctive?
Engaging the Liberal Arts through language:
At Salisbury University, all language
courses are a part of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. Our major
programs have been designed to include the following academic
history, cultural studies, and applied
linguistics. Our lower-level courses emphasize skills
acquisition, while our upper-level courses focus on content
knowledge. All levels, however, will blend both skills and
content acquisition, and will promote the development of
critical thinking skills. Critical thinking infuses everything
we do, from language learning to understanding poetry to study
(SU Students with Dr.
Claire Kew in Martinique, Spring 2013)
Talented and dedicated faculty:
Our professors come to Salisbury from some of the best
institutions in the nation for graduate study in literature, culture, and pedagogy. Many of your professors will
speak three or four languages. Your classes will be taught by
expert educators who are active in their respective professions.
We love to teach and we think it shows!
(Dr. Detwiler - Fulton School Chair award and
Dr. Kew - Fulton School Teaching award in 2013)
Small class sizes with “smart” classrooms
in the state-of-the-art TEC building:
Class sizes in our department rarely exceed 20 students per
class and often are a bit smaller.
Our dedicated language
classrooms are now located in the 165,000
square feet TEC building. As smart classrooms,
these learning spaces are equipped with the latest
technology available. Many of our professors use a teaching
interface called “MyClasses” to deliver course content and to
interact with students beyond the classroom.
(SU Spanish major Johnita Dickerson - Service Learning
Internship at Bennett Middle School - 2012)
Study abroad requirement:
If you decide to major in French, Spanish, or
secondary education for either language, you will be required to
participate in a study abroad experience. As our mission states,
we believe that an extended stay in another country is the best
way to attain cultural and linguistic proficiency for the target
language and related region. You may take advantage of our “in
house” department abroad programs in Ecuador and Spain, or
explore additional opportunities by visiting the Center for
International Education. If you chose a department program, one
of your SU professors will lead the trip. Our faculty are deeply
committed to study abroad.
Our secondary education
programs in French and in Spanish
are approved by NCATE. This means that
we are among a select group of departments nationwide to have
this recognition. Our language education programs are
designed to give you the best of both worlds regarding content
knowledge and pedagogy. You will fulfill the major requirements
for either language in order to acquire linguistic proficiency
and content knowledge under the supervision of professors
trained in these areas. Additionally, you will become
well-versed in current language teaching methodologies through
courses taken in the Seidel School of Education. Secondary
education majors also complete internships with mentor teachers
in area schools.
Courses in less-commonly taught languages (LCTLs):
Following a growing national trend in this area, we offer
classes in the LCTLs each year. Chinese and Arabic are among our newest
classes. Contact the department for more information about these
language opportunities and current offerings.