Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides expertise in two languages and knowledge of a third — as well as the literature and culture of the relevant communities.


Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides expertise in two languages and knowledge of a third — as well as the literature and culture of the relevant communities.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is composed of five areas: French, German, Hispanic Studies, Japanese, and linguistics.

This program exposes you to the practical study of language within small class sizes to provide an opportunity to acquire many skills that will serve you well in your future endeavours, including superior communicative competence, cultural awareness, and aesthetic literacy.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours


At Mount Allison, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is for students desiring a high competence in two languages plus knowledge of a third one.

As a Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures major, you'll choose:

Language #1
(33 credits)
French or Spanish
Language #2
(24 credits)
French, Spanish, or German
Language #3
(12 credits)
French, Spanish, German, or Japanese

Following introductory courses (or intermediate in the case of French)* in your chosen languages in your first year, you will take more advanced language classes and have options to study French, German, and Spanish literature, film, and culture.

You will also learn the fundamentals of linguistics.

Fourth year offers the chance to pursue independent studies in French, German, and Spanish.

*No prior language knowledge is required for German, Spanish, or Japanese. Some knowledge of French is necessary — there is a required placement test to register for French classes.

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is available as:

  • BA major (72 credits)
  • BA honours (78 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures graduates include:

  • tourism development officer
  • immigration officer
  • border services officer
  • intelligence officer
  • interpreter/translator
  • language consultant
  • linguist
  • immigrant/refugee support
  • international student advisor
  • exchange program co-ordinator

Alumni Spotlight

Laura Marie Wayne ('07)
Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

» Scott Jones ('08) and Laura Marie Wayne ('07), co-recipients of the 2018 Alumni Contemporary Achievement Award


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The professors in the Modern Languages and Literatures department are not only a privilege to work with because of their keen interest and extensive knowledge, but also because they are all passionate about student success and will support you throughout your entire journey studying languages at Mount Allison. I am so grateful for the support that I have received from the department. It is that sense of community that I always attribute most to Mount A.

Modern Language, Literatures, and Cultures, minor in Computer Science
Halifax, NS


Language Lab

The Language Lab, located within the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, provides students studying languages with a dedicated space to practice their language skills in:

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Study abroad and exchanges

You are encouraged to take advantage of extracurricular opportunities to enhance your studies, and to participate in international study abroad and exchange programs to gain further exposure to both the language and culture you are studying.

Mount Allison's study abroad and exchange opportunities include France, Germany, Spain, and Japan.


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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