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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication



Omar Ka
B.A., University of Dakar (Senegal), 1975, 1976; M.A., 1976, 1979; Doctorat du Troisième Cycle, 1982; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987


Thomas T. Field
B.A., Wheaton College, 1971; M.A., Cornell University, 1975; Ph.D., 1978

Edward Larkey
M.A., Philipps-Universität (Federal Republic of Germany), 1978; Ph.D., Humboldt-Universität-Berlin (Germany), 1986

Emeritus Faculty

Alan S. Bell
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1964; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967; Ph.D., 1968

Angela Moorjani
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1963; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1969

John H. Sinnigen
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1967; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1968; Ph.D., 1971

Associate Professors

Nicoleta Bazgan
B.A., Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca (Romania), 2000; B.A., Ohio State University, 2003; M.A., Ohio State University, 2007: Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2008.

Zakaria Fatih
B.A., Université d’Ibn Zohr (Morocco), 1990; M.A., Leiden Universiteit (The Netherlands), 1994; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2000

Omar Ka
B.A., University of Dakar (Senegal), 1975, 1976; M.A., 1976, 1979; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987

Ana Oskoz
B.A., University of Deusto (Spain), 1992; M.A., University of the Basque Country (Spain), 1993; M.A., The University of Iowa, 1997, Ph.D., 2003

Sara Z. Poggio
Licencia en Sociologia, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1973; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1991

Elaine Rusinko
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1971; M.A., Brown University, 1973; Ph.D., 1976

Ana María Schwartz Caballero
B.S., Barry University, 1966; M.Ed., Colorado State University, 1979; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1992

John Stolle-McAllister
B.A., Bates College, 1987; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1991; Ph.D., 2000

Steven Young
B.A., Fordham University, 1973; M.A., The University of Chicago, 1974; Ph.D., 1984

Emeritus Associate Professors

Stanley McCray
B.A., University of Toledo, 1974; M.A., University of Michigan, 1976; Ph.D., 1979

Alan S. Rosenthal
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1959; M.A., 1961; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1970

Judith M. Schneider
B.A., Barnard College, 1963; Ph.D., Duke University, 1969

Robert A. Sloane
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1964; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1967; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1972

Assistant Professors

Erin K. Hogan
B.A., Dartmouth College, 2003; M.A., University of California Los Angeles, 2007; Ph.D., 2011

Renée Lambert-Brétière
B.A., University of Quebec at Montreal, 1998; M.A., 2000; M.A.S., University of Paris 7, 2001; Ph.D., University of Lyon 2, 2005

Tania Lizarazo
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, 2005; M.A., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2015

Thania Muñoz Davaslioglu
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2007; M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2011; Ph.D., 2015 

Christopher K. Tong
B.S., Stanford University, 2001; M.F.A., San Francisco State University, 2006; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2014 

Senior Lecturers

William Brown
B.A., The City College of New York, 1971; M.A., University of Oregon, 1973; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1981

Marie de Verneil
B.A., Central Michigan University, 1977; M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1980; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1999; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 1983

Samir El Omari
B.S., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2003; M.A., 2006; Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2014

Tomoko Hoogenboom
B.A., Tsurumi University (Japan), 1986; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1995; Ph.D., 2007

Maria Manni
B.A., University of Rochester, 2007; M.S., Warner School of Education, University of Rochester, 2009

Susanne S. Sutton
1. Staatsexamen, University of Hannover (Germany), 1992; M.A., Texas State University, 1994; 2. Staatsexamen, District of Lüneburg (Germany), 1996

Kyung-Eun Yoon
B.A., Seoul National University, 1992; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006

Emeritus Senior Lecturers

Brigitte May
Staatsexamen, English, Spanish, Economics, Universitaet Heidelberg (Germany), 1966; Ph.D., Tulane University, 1974 


Sean Carmody
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2009; M.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2011

Milvia Hernández
B.A., University of the Coast (Colombia), 1994; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2005


Courses in this program are listed under ARBC, CHIN, FREN, GERM, HEBR, HIND, JPNS, KORE, LING, MLL, RUSS, SPAN, and WOL.

In an increasingly interdependent world, the study of languages and cultures, including the heritage languages and cultures of immigrants to the United States, is a fundamental part of every student’s education. Knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with different societies equip university graduates for more intelligent choices as citizens of today’s world, and enhance their effectiveness in a range of career fields, including law, journalism, business, education, health care, banking, social work, management, international administration and many others in the public and private sectors. The study of linguistics and human communication provides perspectives and tools of analysis useful in every human endeavor. The Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) offers an innovative, multi-disciplinary program with a triple focus: language, literature and society. Courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Linguistics, Russian, Spanish and Wolof, as well as a range of culture and general education courses under the designation MLL (Modern Languages and Linguistics). Majors in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication share a common interdisciplinary core of courses (MLL 190 , MLL 230  and MLL 301 ), which provides a grounding in essential issues of human communication and social context. There are four options for the MLLI major:

  • (1) One-language option in French, German, Russian or Spanish
  • (2) Two-language option
  • (3) Language and cultural studies
  • (4) Applied linguistics

The department also offers a minor, a certificate in language studies (Chinese/French/German/Korean/Russian/Spanish), and a certificate in Intercultural Communication. Additionally, the program in modern languages combines exceptionally well with major programs in many other departments, where knowledge of another language and culture is often a valuable asset.

The courses listed as MLL, taught in English, provide offerings of general interest to both the major and non-major. These courses present a wide international and intercultural perspective on aspects of language, linguistics, world literature, culture and film.

Students may not enroll in language courses below their appropriate placement level without authorization from MLLI. Students who are heritage speakers of a language other than English or students who have had education abroad in a language other than English should consult the coordinator of the particular language area about the appropriate language level. For students who have completed level 3 of a language in high school, but who feel unprepared for the 201 course, a 103 review course is available in French and Spanish. Students who have had a three-year hiatus in language study may drop one level from their appropriate placement level. 

Career and Academic Paths

MLLI graduates have successfully pursued careers in law, medicine, education, social work, government and international business, human rights organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Within the accelerated B.A./M.A. program offered by the department, qualified students completing an undergraduate major in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication may, during their junior or senior year, apply for admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Intercultural Communication. If accepted, they can apply nine credits of approved B.A. course work to their M.A. degree. Such students may be able to complete both degrees in five years. Those interested should contact the director of the INCC graduate program. A description of the M.A. in Intercultural Communication may be found in the Graduate Catalog. Courses frequently taken by undergraduates in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program include:

French track: FREN 610 Studies in French Language and Linguistics; FREN 630 Studies in French Literature; FREN 640: Studies in French-Speaking Culture and Society 

German track: GERM 601: German then and now : Studies in German Language; GERM 621: Intercultural Studies in German Popular Culture; GERM 681: Seminar in Intercultural German Studies 

Spanish track: SPAN 601: Studies in Spanish Language; SPAN 621: Studies in Hispanic Literature; SPAN 672: Topics in Latin-American Society 

For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

Study Abroad

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish students are encouraged to spend a semester or at least a summer working abroad or studying in an approved university program in a country where the language is spoken. Students in these areas are advised by MLLI faculty on their choice of program and assisted in course selection and credit transfer. They are also put in contact with students who have returned from study abroad experiences. The experience of living and studying abroad is an extremely important asset for all language students. Students should discuss study abroad options with their advisor early in their studies. In general, financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs, and credits earned in the target language through study abroad may be transferred to UMBC and applied towards the MLLI major and minor programs. Students interested in co-ops and internships abroad are encouraged to consult the Shriver Center.

Honors Program

The Honors Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication provides a small group of majors with additional intellectual experiences, both individually and as a group. The central components of the program are an honors seminar taught in English and the development and writing of an honors project, an experience that provides exceptional preparation for the work world or graduate school. Students who complete the program will graduate with departmental honors. Information is available in the department office.

Teacher Certification

There are many openings for teachers of modern languages in public and private schools. Students intending to major in a language and seek elementary or early-childhood certification or seek secondary certification in their major language should consult with the Department of Education as early as possible for a description of the certification requirements and the procedures for admittance into the program.

Academic Advising

The Modern Languages Linguistics and Intercultural Communication department organizes annual information meetings on the major, internships and study abroad. Students with an interest in majoring or minoring in modern languages and linguistics, or pursuing a certificate in language studies or intercultural communication, should contact the department office at 410-455-2109. Majors and minors are assigned to a faculty advisor, but they are free to select a different advisor at any time and are encouraged to do so if their interests and career goals change. Transfer students should meet as quickly as possible with the coordinator in the area in which their main interests lie (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, linguistics, Russian, Spanish) to plan an efficient program of study.

Special Opportunities

Intercultural Living Exchange:

The Intercultural Living Exchange is a living learning community of UMBC. Students residing in the intercultural suites interact with international student resident mentors (native speakers of each cluster language: Chinese, French, and Spanish), who organize cultural and social activities for their language clusters as well as for the UMBC community. These activities include participation in UMBC’s International Week, intercultural presentations and workshops, language chat hours, study abroad presentations, international film festivals, field trips, culinary projects, intercultural holiday celebrations, lunches with faculty and excursions to concerts, plays and museum exhibits. Residence in the ILE provides excellent preparation for study abroad, as well as continuity for those who have previously gained language proficiency in a study abroad experience.


In collaboration with The Shriver Center, the department provides majors in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication information and support for internships. Internships and community service projects are available for activities ranging from teaching language to children to working with foreign travelers for VISA International. In addition, internships abroad have, in recent years, become a significant way of combining study abroad with work experience. Students interested in earning MLLI credit for internships should consult with the department’s internship coordinator.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for majors to participate in study abroad programs. In addition, the German area offers the Knapple and Plogman scholarships for students in the German track.  

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The faculty encourages and supports undergraduate participation in faculty research. Advanced Spanish students may join in a research project based in a Spanish-speaking area in Baltimore.

Student Organizations

The department has a council of majors and several language clubs, often organized by native speakers. The German area offers membership in Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honors Society. The Korean area offers membership in the Korean Student Association and Korean Dance Club. All students have the opportunity of participating in the unique and talented Russian Chorus, which performs at campus events and at public events off-campus. No knowledge of Russian is required. Contact the Russian area for more information.


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