The study of foreign languages and literatures has been at
the core of Liberal Arts studies for centuries. Following that tradition, the
Modern Languages and Literatures Program emphasizes the development of
cross-cultural communication, appreciation for literature, multicultural
understanding, and analytic and interpretative capacity. The Modern Languages
and Literatures Program offers students the opportunity to study more than a
dozen different languages and national literatures in American Sign Language,
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Japanese,
Russian, Spanish, Tibetan, Uzbek, Polish, and Portuguese.
Why take a Modern Language course?
If you are already proficient in one of the languages we
offer, you may take a higher-level language course and earn Exemption (extra) Credits.
You can use those credits as part of your graduation requirements if your major
requires Unrestricted Elective in its curriculum.
Get your language
requirement out of the way before you transfer to a 4-year college
Many programs at a four-year colleges require foreign
language for graduation. It takes at least one year or more to complete the
language requirement, which may delay your graduation plans. If you plan to
transfer to a four-year college but don’t speak a foreign language, you should
start your foreign language study now at LaGuardia.
Take advantage of
cultural diversity at LaGuardia:
Our students come from over 150 different countries and speak
more than 111 languages. Why not take advantage of our cultural diversity and develop skills for your future career?
A wide range of
language proficiency levels and literature courses
LaGuardia offers a wide range of proficiency levels and various genre
of literature courses. We offer courses in American Sign Language, Arabic,
Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, ,
Spanish, Tibetan, Uzbek, Polish, and Portuguese. In terms of levels, Spanish,
for example, we offer:
Modern Language Textbook List
If you are a LaGuardia student (matriculated in a degree program):
If you are not a LaGuardia student:
any of our language courses is not offered or is canceled, students can take an
equivalent course on any CUNY campus using e-Permit. Learn more about e-Permit requirements