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Minor In Modern Languages

The Modern Languages minor has been designed to help students develop fluency in a modern foreign language, as well as communication and cross-cultural skills that will be of personal and professional use to them in an international or multicultural environment.

Students wishing to minor in a Modern Language are required to complete a minimum of four courses in one language, to meet with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages while planning the courses that will constitute the minor, and to obtain the Chair's written permission regarding the choice of ML courses that students may apply to the minor.

Residence (for a year, a semester, or a summer) in a country where the language being studied is spoken and a family homestay arrangement during the stay abroad are very strongly recommended.

Note: Course requirements vary according to a student's chosen major and initial level of proficiency. Therefore, courses applicable to the minor will be determined by the Minors Coordinator/Department Chair on an individual basis, but no later than first semester of the senior year.


Four courses in the same language

1.  For non-native speakers:

A) Minimum requirement for BS students: Intermediate I and II and at least two additional courses at or above the Intermediate level.

B) Minimum requirement for BA students: Intermediate II and at least three additional courses at or above the Intermediate level for Spanish, French, and Italian.


2.  For students with previous training beyond the Intermediate level and native speakers:

Four courses at an advanced level, either at Bentley or at an institution abroad, after departmental approval.       

3.  For students wishing to minor in Japanese or Chinese

Beginning I and II and Intermediate I and II are required.  For students who complete the 6 credit STP to China (summer I), one additional upper level Chinese course is required.


The Modern Languages Department also has a Spanish for Business Minor.  

All minors must be declared via MyBentley and approved by the coordinator.

Refer to the Advising Directory to identify the appropriate Minor Coordinator.