Modern Languages

Learn another language, learn a whole new culture.

When you learn another language, you are also learning a whole new culture – another way of thinking, seeing, and being in the world.

  • The study of modern languages and literatures covers the history, written works, culture and civilization of languages with international influence. Laurentian’s program includes Italian and Spanish.

  • Three-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Literatures.

  • Four-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Literatures.

  • Courses in literature, film, theatre, music and popular arts.

  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of Laurentian’s international exchange programs with universities abroad.

  • Four-year specialization requires students to obtain credits in three languages.

  • A second language helps students gain greater insight into their own culture. Studies have shown a positive correlation between the study of a second language and the creative functioning of learners. The self-concept of second-language learners is significantly higher than that of non-second language students.

Academic Advisor

​Diana Iuele-Colilli

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 4274

Email: ​diuele@laurentian.ca

Office: ​Administrative Assistant: ​ Huguette Beaulne, 705.675.1151 x 4336, ​hbeaulne@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Spanish

Includes language courses at all levels, as well as the study of the rich Hispanic culture in Spain and the Americas. Students are immersed in Spanish literature and films and are able to perfect their language skills while experiencing a new culture. For their third year, students can apply to the exchange program to study at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, in Ciudad Real, Spain.

El Club Hispano organizes numerous social and cultural activities throughout the year. Upper-year students can participate in the peer-tutoring program and work as research assistants or teaching assistants in Spanish-language tutorials.

Italian

Offers language and literature courses at all levels and culture courses on Italian food culture, music, the Italian immigrant experience and critical theory. Students may take part in Le Maschere Laurenziane, the Italian Studies student theatre company. Incontri, the Italian students’ club, organizes many socio-cultural activities including an annual opera trip to Toronto. Opportunity to study abroad at the University of Udine (in Friuli, Italy) for one year. Upper-year students can participate in the peer-tutoring program, work as research or teaching assistants and participate in a co-op program when registered in specific courses.

Language is the key to the world! When you learn to communicate with other people in their own language and culture, you immediately open up access to countless new opportunities. Learning languages is one of the most practical ways you can prepare for life and work in today’s globalized world. The booming communications industry today crosses linguistic and cultural lines all over the planet and touches every sphere of activity. With another language, you expand your horizons as you acquire a new resource for making your life a success and building the kind of world you want to live in.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (4 Year) in Modern Languages

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Major in Italian

   ITAL 1005 (or equivalent)

   12 credits at the 4000 level, 6 of which must be in language

   6 credits of literature or culture courses at the 3000 level

   18 additional upper year ITAL credits (ITAL 2005 and ITAL 3005 are highly recommended)

   78 elective credits#

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (3 Year)

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Italian

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   ITAL 1005E           Introductory Italian or ITAL 2005N Intermediate Italian
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   12 elective credits

Upper Years

   30 upper year ITAL credits*

   30 elective credits

   * Students must include ITAL 2005N if not taken in first year. ITAL 3005N is also highly recommended.

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Concentration in Spanish

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   ESPA 1005E         Introductory Spanish or ESPA 2005N Intermediate Spanish
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   12 elective credits

 

Upper Years

   30 upper year ESPA credits*

   30 elective credits

   * Students must include ESPA 2005N if not taken in first year. ESPA 3005N is also highly recommended.

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Combined Concentration in Italian and Spanish

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   ITAL 1005E            Introductory Italian or ITAL 2005N Intermediate Italian
   ESPA 1005E         Introductory Spanish or ESPA 2005N Intermediate Spanish
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

Upper Years

   24 upper year ITAL credits*

   24 upper year ESPA credits*

   12 elective credits

   * Students must include ITAL 2005N and/or ESPA 2005N if not taken in first year. ITAL 3005N and ESPA 3005N are also highly recommended.

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

 

Minor in Italian Language

   ITAL 1005E           Introductory Italian*

   ITAL 2005N          Intermediate Italian

   ITAL 3005N          Advanced Italian

   6 credits of ITAL language courses at the 4000 level

 

Minor in Italian Language and Culture

   ITAL 1005E           Introductory Italian*

   ITAL 2005N          Intermediate Italian

   ITAL 3005N          Advanced Italian

   6 upper year credits of ITAL literature or culture courses

* Students who are not required to take ITAL 1005 must replace it with an additional 6 ITAL language credits at the 4000 level

 

Minor in Latin American Studies

   Students must take all the required courses listed, plus 3 credits from each of Electives A), Electives B) and Electives C).

   Required courses (15 credits):

   ESPA 1005E         Introductory Spanish*

   ESPA 2005N        Intermediate Spanish

   ESPA 2306N        Aspects of Spanish American Culture and Civilization

   Electives A):

   3 credits from the following:

                ESPA 3126N        The City as Palimstet in Spain and Spanish America

                ESPA 3136N        Modern Spanish American Literature

                ESPA 3226N        Film in Spain and Latin-America

                ESPA 3456N        Short Story in Spain

                ESPA 3506N        Evolution of Hispanic Culture in North America

                ESPA 3507N        Hispanic Imagination in North America

   Electives B):

   3 credits from the following:

                ESPA 2516E        Women in the Hispanic World

                GEOG 3826E       Brazil and South America

                GEOG 3827E       Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

                GEOG 3827F       Le Mexique et l’Amérique latine (cannot take both GEOG 3827E and 3827F)

   Electives C):

   3 additional credits from either A) or B).

 

Minor in Spanish for the Professional World

   ESPA 1005E         Introductory Spanish*

   ESPA 2005N        Intermediate Spanish

   ESPA 3005N        Advanced Spanish

   ESPA 4066N         Spanish in the Professions

   ESPA 4051N         The Hispanic World Online

 

Minor in Spanish Language and Culture

   ESPA 1005E         Introductory Spanish*

   ESPA 2005N        Intermediate Spanish

   ESPA 2306N        Aspects of Spanish American Culture and Civilization

   ESPA 2706N        Aspects of Peninsular Culture and Civilization

   ESPA 3005N        Advanced Spanish

* Students who are not required to take ESPA 1005 must replace it with an additional 6 ESPA language credits at the 4000 level

 

Certificate of Basic Multilingual Competence (24 credits)

To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete, with a minimum overall average of 70%, either 12 credits taught in the French language for anglophone students or 12 credits taught in the English language for francophone students , excluding language courses (e.g., ENGL 1540, 1550, 1551,1552, FREN language courses, LANG courses) and 12 credits from one of the groups below:

    ESPA 2005N and ESPA 3005N

    ITAL 2005N and ITAL 3005N

    INDG 2516E/2517E and INDG 3316E/3516E

    INDG 2035E and INDG 3025E

 

List of Spanish Language Courses
   ESPA 1005 EL Introductory Spanish
   ESPA 2005 NL Intermediate Spanish
   ESPA 3005 NL Advanced Spanish
   ESPA 4006 NL Intensive Oral Practice
   ESPA 4007 NL Advanced Spanish Composition
   ESPA 4051 NL The Hispanic World Online
 

List of Culture/Literature Courses

   ESPA 2306 NL Aspects of Spanish American Culture and Civilization
   ESPA 2706 NL Aspects of Peninsular Culture and Civilization
   ESPA 3126 NL The City as Palimpsest in Spain and Spanish America*
   ESPA 3136 NL Modern Spanish American Literature
   ESPA 3226 EL Film in Spanish America and Spain**
   ESPA 3456 NL The Short Story in Spain and Spanish America
   ESPA 3507 NL The Hispanic Imagination in North America
   ESPA 4156 NL Cervantes’ Don Quijote: From the Renaissance to a Modern Vision
   ESPA 4226 EL Film in Spanish America and Spain**
   ESPA 4426 NL The Romance of Nation Building
   ESPA 4586 NL Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
   ESPA 4105 NL Undergraduate Thesis
* - Students may not retain credit for both ESPA 3126 and ESPA 4126.
** - Students may not retain credit for both ESPA 3226 and ESPA 4226.

Specialization in Modern Languages

The admissions to the Specialization in Modern Languages have been suspended as of February 2018.

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

a) First Language:  Students must complete 42 credits in either Italian or Spanish:
                12 credits of language courses, including 2005N
                 6 credits of language courses at the 4000 level
                18 credits of literature or culture courses
                6 additional credits at the 4000 level

b) Second Language: Students must complete 18 credits in the other of Italian or Spanish or one of Greek,  Latin, Anishnaabemwin, or Cree:
                12 credits of language courses
                6 credits of literature or culture courses

c) Third Language: Students must complete 6 credits in one of the languages above or in FREN or LANG.

d) 6 elective credits in the Sciences

e) 6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)

f) 42 elective credits

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Spanish

The admissions to the Major in Spanish have been suspended as of February 2018.

   ESPA 1005 (or equivalent)

   18 credits in Spanish Language Courses (must include 6 credits at 4000 level)
   18 credits in Spanish Literature/Culture Courses (courses must include a minimum of 12 credits at 3000 level)

   78 elective credits#

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Year:

ESPA-1005EL - Introductory Spanish ITAL-1005EL - Introductory Italian ESPA-2005NL - Intermediate Spanish ESPA-2306NL - Aspects of Spanish American Culture and Civilization ESPA-2706NL - Aspects of Peninsular Culture and Civilization ITAL-2005NL - Intermediate Italian ITAL-2216NL - Italian Cinema ITAL-2516NL - Evolution of Italian Culture in Canada ITAL-2526NL - Italian Images in North American Films And Television ITAL-2646NL - Eating Italian Culture ESPA-3005NL - Advanced Spanish ESPA-3226NL - Film in Spain and Latin-America ESPA-3356NL - Contemporary Spanish Identity ESPA-3456NL - Short Story in Spain ESPA-3506NL - Evolution of Hispanic Culture in North America ESPA-3507NL - Hispanic Imagination in North America ESPA-3516NL - Women in the Hispanic World ITAL-3005NL - Advanced Italian
ITAL-3806NL - Modern and Contemporary Italian Novel ITAL-3807NL - History of Italian Theatre ESPA-4006NL - Intensive Oral Practice ESPA-4007NL - Advanced Composition ESPA-4116NL - Love and Death in Medieval Spain ESPA-4126NL - The City As Palimpsest in Latin-America And Spain ESPA-4156NL - Cervantes' Don Quijote: From the Renaissance to A Modern Vision ESPA-4157NL - Don Juan: the Original "Latin Lover" ESPA-4426NL - The Romance of Nation Building ESPA-4586NL - Special Topics in Hispanic Studies ITAL-4006NL - Intensive Oral Practice ITAL-4007NL - Advanced Composition ITAL-4016NL - Modern Italian Linguistics ITAL-4017NL - History of the Italian Language ITAL-4216NL - Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Invention of Humanism ITAL-4586NL - Topics in Italian Studies ITAL-4717NL - Issues in the Italian Lyric

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Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald

Jianping Zhang

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Teresa Oppedisano

Yolette Brant

William Breton

 

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Norman Cheadle

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Diana Iuele-Colilli

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Dora Radford

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Christine Sansalone

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures