Department of Modern Languages

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What We Do

Today, nine out of 10 U.S. employers need employees with language skills other than English. In the Department of Modern Languages, we help students gain proficiency in a second language.

Contact Information
Department Chair

Eliani Basile

Jeffrey W. Farland
Higher Education Administration Assistant II

The Department of Modern Languages offers a B.A. degree in modern languages, with concentrations in French, Francophone studies, Latin American studies (with a track in Spanish-speaking Latin America and Brazil), Portuguese and Spanish. All RIC undergraduates are expected to speak and understand a language other than English at the novice-to-mid-proficiency level by the time they graduate because Rhode Island College recognizes that foreign language skills not only open up opportunities for work in other parts of the world, it helps students develop a more positive attitude toward both the language and the culture of the country where it is spoken.

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Modern Languages faculty at Accepted Students Day 2022

April 9, 2022, The Modern Language faculty welcome accepted students on Accepted Students Day.
Dr. Antonella Sisto, Dr Eliani Basile and Dr. David Ramirez


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