Contact Information

Modern Language
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Kellenberg Hall, K-311
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002 516.323.3301

Academic Standards and Requirements

In accordance with the mission and goals of Molloy College, the Department of Modern Languages strives to:

  • Develop students' communicative competence in Arabic, ESL, French, Italian and/or Spanish
  • Foster and broaden an understanding and appreciation of other cultures
  • Build a sense of responsibility in the local and global community
  • Prepare students for graduate studies and professional careers in business, communication, education, government, health sciences, social work and related professions

Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate communicative competence in a language other than their own.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a given culture other than their own and a cultural competence in a language other than their own
  • Identify specific characteristics of a given culture and compare and contrast it with other world cultures.
  • Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the study of a foreign language and culture.
  • Show evidence of becoming life-long learners by participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world and by using their linguistic and cultural competence in their professional careers or for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Placement for Language Courses

To determine proper student placement within the modern language program, the department will consider each student's experience with a foreign language, such as number of years of high school French, Spanish or Italian, grades and A.P. scores. After the first week of each class, the department reserves the right to evaluate the student's language credentials and to re-assign them to a class more suited to their ability and performance. Courses are usually taken in sequence.

General Education Requirements

The Modern Languages' general education requirement is 3 or 6 credits. All courses offered by the department meet this requirement, except for SPA 370 and SPA 461. Please note that all courses follow a sequence and that placement is dependent upon language experience.


The Department of Modern Languages houses the Language Resource Center (K313), where students have access to computers with software designed to enhance their language skills and put them in contact with varied materials pertaining to different cultures. For language lab requirements see specific course descriptions.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentrations for the interdisciplinary studies majors are offered in Italian and Spanish. A minimum of 21-credits must be taken in any of these two areas, and must include SPA 417 or SPA 418 for the Spanish concentration and ITA 410 for the Italian concentration. A minimum of 9 credits must be advanced courses (300-/400-level) taken at Molloy College. All courses must be selected in consultation with the department chairperson.


The modern languages department offers minors in Italian and in Spanish. Minor requirements are described in the section of the catalog on minors.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program is designed for students whose first language is not English. Its main goal is to strengthen the students' communicative skills in English so that they can succeed in any college level course and help them achieve a near-native linguistic competence. Students will be placed into the various courses according to scores received on an English placement exam.