As one of our alumni likes to say, “Speaking another language opens doors.” It makes you a more competitive job candidate and dramatically expands your career options from the local to the global. Our mission is to help you achieve your personal and professional goals by giving you access to new linguistic, cultural, and intellectual options.
The Modern Languages Department offers students the global perspective increasingly required for success in today’s world. Our curriculum is designed to build intercultural literacy, critical thinking, social responsibility, and a sense of global citizenship through a combination of language study, critical cultural studies, social and historical contextualization, and linguistic and cultural immersion.
Summer and Fall 2023 Courses
Check the CUNY Global Class Search to see the many courses in French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese and Sign Language we are offering during the summer and fall.
See the schedule of Modern Language courses for fall 2023 (pdf).
- We are very excited about a new course we are offering this summer, Masculinities in Latin American LIterature: Spanish 460.1100 .
- If you are a fan of the novels of Elena Ferrante’s book My Brilliant Friend, sign up for Intermediate Italian: ITL 210.5000 this fall, discussing Italian literature, poems and fairy tales.
- Elementary Portuguese: PRT 105 will be offered for the first time this fall. One of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, Portuguese is used on 4 continents, and includes Brazil, the largest economy of South America.
- Modern Language Course Highlights fall 2023 (pdf) include Arabic, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Spanish translation and courses taught in English about foreign cultures.
- Intensive Language Courses for fall 2023 (pdf): These courses allow you to complete two semester of a language in just one. if you already have some knowledge of a language, either from courses in high school or from family/native country, this type of course might be right for you.
Over 60 Language Courses
Students can take language courses to meet their Language or World Cultures and Global Issues requirements, or as general electives while pursuing their major. You can choose to major in Modern Languages, with specializations in French, Italian or Spanish or take courses in Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL) and Chinese. Explore our Study Abroad programs, or complete our Certificate in Spanish Translation.
We offer courses for Heritage/Native Speakers, who learned a language through their families and communities but had no or little formal training. We also offer courses taught in English. These courses focus on film, literature and culture rather than the language itself.
We offer face-to-face classes, Zoom classes, hybrid classes, and asynchronous classes. Asynchronous classes have no meetings on campus or online–you work on your own and are required to complete assignments by due dates.
Fill out the language level assessment form so we can help you find the right level of a language course.
Outside the Classroom
Located in the heart of New York City, and with students from around the world, BMCC offers an ideal location to gain a broader perspective of world cultures. Here, you will have opportunities to expand your network by engaging with faculty and other students of different backgrounds through extracurricular activities, student clubs, symposiums, film festivals, literary and cultural events, study abroad, and more. Our world-class faculty members are ready to challenge and support you on your academic journey.
Our goal is for you to have an experience that builds and integrates a meaningful set of learning activities to prepare you for a successful and fulfilling personal, civic, and professional life.
We care deeply about student success, and value learning that extends beyond the classroom.
The Modern Languages Department at BMCC is a dynamic, strongly collegial, and student-supportive environment, constantly renewing itself. Our faculty (thirty full-time professors, five lab technicians, and over fifty part-time instructors) are also active scholars and writers, widely recognized for their publications, including national recognition in the form of awards, prizes, and/or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). They have also been visiting scholars at Harvard and at the University of Connecticut. Four of them are currently affiliated faculty members at the Graduate Center.
Our faculty constantly updates its pedagogy, keeping abreast with the latest trends to ensure student success, retention, and graduation. They often participate in seminars and workshops to revisit teaching strategies and philosophies, such as the Universal Design for Learning, DEI-informed and anti-racist pedagogies, Culture of Care, Open Education Resources (OER), Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, and Teaching Spanish for Heritage Speakers.
For more details on our faculty’s scholarly and teaching activity over the past two years, see our newsletter and the June 2020 MLA interview with BMCCs Modern Languages Department Faculty.