Major Program

All majors who pursue the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication take a common interdisciplinary core of courses, which provides a grounding in essential issues of human communication and social context:

•  MLL/LING/ENGL 190 The World of Language: Structural and Biological Aspects
•  MLL/LING 230 World Language Communities
•  MLL 301 Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music

Note: These core courses must be taken at UMBC.

Although not required for the major, MLL/LING/ENGL 191 The World of Language: Cultural and Social Aspects is highly recommended.

Students may select one of three options for the major:

•  One-language option in French, German, Russian or Spanish;

•  Language and Literary Studies (see below);

•  Applied Linguistics

  A Two language concentration is currently in review at MHEC and the department anticipates offering it soon if approved.

All courses applied to the major requirements must have earned a grade of C or better.

The requirements for the first and second options, and the applied linguistics option, can be found under the links to the corresponding languages (or applied linguistics).  The requirements for the Language and Literary Studies option (39 credits) are as follows:

•  12 credits of core courses: MLL/LING/ENGL 190, MLL/LING/ENGL 191, MLL/LING 230, MLL 301 (Note: These core courses must be taken at UMBC)
12 credits upper-level courses in one modern language other than English (for example ARBC, CHIN, FREN, GERM, JPNS, KORE, RUSS, SPAN).
•  15 elective credits, nine of which must be at the 300 or 400 level, in MLL, LING and/or modern language courses as part of a major program designed in consultation with a departmental advisor. Up to two appropriate courses from other disciplines may be applied to the major with written approval of the student’s advisor.

Language and Literary Studies: GermanJapanese


Minor Program

A minor in Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication allows students to develop proficiency in a foreign language, to learn about the nature of language, and to become familiar with the societies in which different languages are spoken. A minor in MLLI will assist students in developing communication skills and in understanding the complexities of an increasingly interdependent, multilingual and multicultural world. It will enrich students’ learning experience and enhance their career potential.

Students may pursue a minor in Applied Linguistics, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, JapaneseKorean, Russian, or SpanishThe requirements for the minor can be found under the links to the corresponding languages (or applied linguistics). All courses applied to the major requirements must have earned a grade of C or better.

Certificate in Intercultural Communication

This certificate program is intended for students who wish to combine the study of intercultural communication with advanced foreign language study; the language options are currently Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. A competence in intercultural communication is indispensable for functioning effectively in an era of economic, social and cultural globalization. Language study together with instruction in issues of communication across cultures will help students acquire useful knowledge and skills in their careers and in their lives as citizens. Total credits: 18-19.


3 credits: MLL 305 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
4 credits: MLL 306 Intercultural Communication: Community Issues in Maryland/D.C.
4 credits: ARBC/CHIN/FREN/GERM/HEBR/JPNS/KORE/RUSS/SPAN 202 (A more advanced student may substitute a three-credit higher-level language course.)
6 credits of elective courses from language, MLL or related disciplines, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. At least 3 of the 6 elective credits will come from outside the student’s primary language of study.

Certificates in Language Studies

The Certificate in Language Studies program is intended for those students who want to explore another part of the world as part of their overall education but who do not have the time to complete a traditional minor. In addition, MLL-rubric classes conducted in English offer the possibility of investigating the target cultures in some detail without waiting to attain advanced language competency.

Certificates are currently offered in Chinese, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.  The requirements for the certificates in language studies can be found under the links to the corresponding languages. Students must complete all of the required courses in the same language/culture area with a grade of B or higher.