The Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) offers students an innovative, multi-disciplinary program with a triple focus: language, literature and society. Courses are offered in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, as well as linguistics and intercultural communication. Students can major in French, German, Russian, Spanish, a combination of any two of these languages, language and cultural studies or applied linguistics.
The MLLI department emphasizes the importance of living and studying abroad. UMBC participates in two study-abroad programs in Mexico. In the Maryland in Mexico City program, students study at the Center for the Instruction of Foreign Students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The Maryland in Taxco Mexico program is a six-week, six-credit intensive Spanish language program offered every summer at the Taxco campus of the Center for the Instruction of Foreign Students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. MLLI faculty advise French, German and Russian students on programs abroad.
The department has an active council of majors, a linguistics club and several language clubs. German students can apply to Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honors Society. Russian students can participate in a Russian chorus. Internships and community service projects are available. The faculty encourages and supports undergraduate participation in faculty research.
MLLI graduates successfully pursue careers in law, medicine, education, social work, government and international business.