Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Classics

Preparing students for a variety of fulfilling careers through critical thinking and effective communication

The Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Classics provides students with an education that focuses on developing skills in analytical thinking, effective reading and writing, and communications across cultures. Modern Languages and Philosophy Majors gain hands-on experience through internships and research projects and will be prepared for any career— whether it’s business, education, law, health care, or science.

Roger Williams University offers degrees in the following modern languages: French, German, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish. Programs of study are offered in Classical Studies and Latin-American Studies, along with minors in eight languages. Our students have interned with organizations including the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences (IAESTE) and the architectural firm, CDS International. Modern Language graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers at organizations such as the US Trade Commission, Bayer, Inc., the Fulbright Commission, the US Consulate, and Banco de Portugal.

Philosophy students concentrate in-depth on ancient and modern philosophy, while being closely acquainted with history’s most influential philosophers. Students are encouraged to pursue their own philosophic inquests and inquiries throughout their studies. This is displayed in our students’ research projects that have included “Justice and Universal Human Rights,” and “Is the Concept of Free Will Coherent, and if Not What Does That Mean?” Philosophy graduates have gone on to have successful careers with the Google, the City of Providence, Anheuser/Busch, Eastern Mountain Sports, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

A statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The faculty and students of the Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Classics Department respect the cultures, ideas, experiences, and convictions of all learners and are dedicated to developing the habits of thought and practice that are essential to fostering communities that are just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive.

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Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that make up our Modern Languages, Philosophy and Classics programs.

Meet The Faculty and Staff
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Degree Offerings

We offer major and minor degree programs for both Modern Languages and Philosophy. Explore each undergraduate program below: