Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages
and Intercultural Studies

.: Programs - Highlights :.

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 disciplines: literature, 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 abroad.

(Dr. Pubill, Dean Pereboom, and SU students in Buenos Aires, Argentina. January 2014)

 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.

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.