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Modern Languages
 Contact Information

Chairperson: Dr. Gary Abbott
Dept. Assistant: Jennifer Schafer
Phone: 732-906-2529
Fax: 732-906-4156
Email: ESLC@middlesexcc.edu
Location: IRC 205

ESL, Languages, and Cultures
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 Contact Information

Chairperson: Dr. Gary Abbott
Dept. Assistant: Jennifer Schafer
Phone: 732-906-2529
Fax: 732-906-4156
Email: ESLC@middlesexcc.edu
Location: IRC 205

Liberal Arts - Modern Language A.A. Degree

Whether you are planning to pursue a career in business, social work, education, law enforcement, or health professions, competency in another language will help distinguish you from the competition. In addition, students who have studied foreign languages:

  • are in demand in business: studying a language exposes you to new cultures and world views, increasing your cultural sensitivity – an important skill for businesses with international connections.
  • are in demand in the government: much like businesses, the government is very interested in people with a background in language and other cultures.
  • have better cognitive development: students who study foreign languages tend to do better in Math and English courses than students who have not studied a language.
  • have a variety of employment opportunities: Interpreters, Foreign Language Teachers, Health Care Professionals, Marketing Directors, Language Specialists, Lawyers, Border Patrol Agents, Foreign Affairs Specialists, and many other professions are open to students with foreign language backgrounds.

Semester I

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Take a 3-credit Math course designated in the College Catalog course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

OR

SEMESTER 2

3

Choose courses designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

3

Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Choose one 3-credit GE Mathematics or Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Mathematics or Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

SEMESTER 3

3

Choose courses designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE HUM).

4

Choose one 3-credit GE Lab Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Lab Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

SEMESTER 4

3

Choose courses designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language. Acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its own culture.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
  • Show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment & enrichment.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Dr. Gary Abbott, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2529
Contact Email: GAbbott@middlesexcc.edu
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/esl-languages-and-cultures/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education is a broad-based program of study that exposes students to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology.  The study of the Liberal Arts empowers students for success in transfer and a career in the diverse, ever-changing 21st century workplace.  A Liberal Arts education equips students with invaluable employability skills including the ability to analyze and construct arguments, think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives.  The cross-cultural knowledge, problem solving, and research and information literacy skills prepare students for civic engagement, life-long learning, and professional success. 

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.

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