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A Sampling:

MLT-204. Literary Traditions in East Asia
Literary developments in East Asia, looking closely at the aesthetic and philosophic foundations of its varied literature through poetic genres, story forms, oral storytelling, travel literature and drama

MLT-213. West African Oral Literature (cross-listed with FRN-430)
West-African oral genres with a focus on tales and epics in their form and ideologies

MLT-235. Voices from Abroad: German Exile Culture, 1933-1990 (cross-listed with GER-335)
Notions of exile and the particular cultural artifacts, including novels, films, essays and poetry, that bear witness to the struggle of artists exiled from WWII Germany and Austria. Taught in translation

MLT-272. Art and Politics in Spain: From the Civil War to Post-Francoism and Post-Modernity The impact that 20th century political events in Spain have had on Spanish society and culture, as manifested in literature and other arts.

MLT-284. Popular Religion and Politics in Latin America
The connection between politics and popular religions in Latin America

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Silliman 204
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6211
Students learn Mandarin on a term abroad in Shanghai.
Students learn Mandarin on a term abroad in Shanghai.

Modern Languages & Literatures

See where Union takes you:
  • Patent Examiner, US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Director of International Student Programs & Services, Columbia University
  • Teacher, Plano Intermediate School District
  • Project Manager, Tishman Construction
  • Registered Nurse, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Transportation Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Communications Officer, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Attorney, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Visiting Research Associate, Keio University, Tokyo
  • Project Manager, Jayne Agency

Union College pioneered the study of modern languages 200 years ago, when other American colleges and universities offered only the ancient languages of Greek, Latin and Hebrew. Today, Union continues to lead the way in this tradition.

We are acutely aware that students’ need for a global, multicultural education is greater than ever in our interdependent contemporary society.

Union teaches language courses both in the original language and in translation. There are full programs leading to a major in Chinese, French, German and Spanish, as well as an interdepartmental major in Russian and minors in Russian and Japanese.

We offer a year of Hebrew; a year of Arabic; a course in Italian for students preparing for the Sicily term abroad every other spring term; a course in Portuguese for those preparing for the Brazil term; and a course in Swahili for the term abroad in Tanzania every other year.

As a Modern Languages and Literature student, you can easily combine a language major or minor with any discipline. You can live in a language-oriented theme house on campus, and participate in language clubs and language tables.

Our extensive library collection and state-of-the-art language laboratory further supports your work.

And you can explore the world and its languages through many term abroad programs, from Argentina to France to Vietnam.

At Union, your study of Modern Languages and Literatures will be an academic journey – deeply personal, unusually exciting, always challenging – that will stay with you for a lifetime.