Modern Languages

With students from around the world, BMCC is an international learning institution and New York is an ideal location to gain a broader perspective of the interconnectedness of world cultures. Not only Spanish-with its many inflections-but Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French and Italian are increasingly used on the street, in shops, restaurants and businesses.

Global Literacy

Through its courses dedicated to the study of languages, literatures and cultures, the Modern Languages Department offers you an exciting opportunity to engage in a learning experience aimed at developing global literacy. Global literacy includes written and oral communication, critical thinking and social responsibility, and appreciation of cultural artifacts, artistic products, and new technologies in other languages.

Whether you opt for a career in education, or in business, economics, law, health, politics, the arts or the social sciences, our courses will help you reach a deeper understanding of your own and of others’ linguistic and cultural heritage.

Over 60 Language Courses

BMCC’s Modern Languages Department offers more than 60 different courses to help you understand dialect, grammar, intonations, and word usage while improving idiomatic and grammatical conversational abilities. In addition to majoring in Modern Languages, you can take language courses to use as an elective in another major.

Learn more about our specializations in French, Italian and Spanish as well as our courses in Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL) and Chinese. If you aspire to open new avenues – academically and personally, read about our Study Abroad programs.

Outside the Classroom

You will also have opportunities to engage with peers of different backgrounds through extracurricular activities, student symposiums, independent research, guest speakers, study abroad, clubs, and more. Our outstanding faculty members are ready to challenge and support you on your academic journey.

Our expectation and aspiration is that you will have an experience that builds and integrates a meaningful set of experiential learning activities in preparation for a successful and fulfilling personal, civic, and professional life.

We care deeply about student success, and value learning that extends beyond the classroom.

Modern Languages Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room S-601
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8105

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m