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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Dr. Stephanie Schechner

    • Chair of the Modern Languages Department and Professor of French
    • Freedom Hall, 221
    • tel: 610-499-4346


FAQs, Modern Languages

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the modern languages major at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see Contact information on left) or schedule a visit

If I took a language in high school, do I have to start over at Widener?
No. Students interested in taking a language take a placement exam to determine the right place to continue their studies.

Is it easy to study abroad and transfer credits back to Widener to complete my major? 
Yes. The process is actually very simple, and students are encouraged to take part in some kind of study abroad program at some point during their four years.

Can I double major?
Absolutely. It is common for students who major in a language to also take a major in another discipline.

How many students are in a typical language class?
Students at Widener have a big advantage over language programs at larger institutions. Elementary and intermediate language classes have a maximum enrollment of 18 students and the more advanced classes are even smaller.  

I took several years of a language in high school, but I can’t seem to speak it very well. 
Faculty members in modern languages stress speaking the language as a primary goal of language study and strive to create an environment conducive to developing speaking skills through a variety of activities.   

Can I major in a language that I’ve never studied before?
Absolutely, but you’ll want to get started right away! The major is designed to be completed in four academic years beginning at the elementary level. For all language majors, a study abroad experience is highly recommended and may be particularly helpful for those students who begin their program of study with the basics.