The Department of International Languages and Cultures offers majors and minors in Chinese, French, German and Spanish languages and cultures, as well as Latin American Studies. With these concentrations, ILC integrates cultural material into our courses beginning at the elementary level. Our upper level courses examine literature and other cultural expressions, such as film, art, digital media, and music, in their historical contexts.
Our cultural studies approach emphasizes the meaning of creative and social expression in its local cultural contexts and in a global framing. We are interested in how you will use your linguistic and cultural literacy in the world, so we have courses that incorporate media production, translation, community-based learning, and different modes of writing. We develop your intercultural literacy, but also your general ability to analyze the validity of information and to communicate information orally and in writing. All majors complete a St. Mary's Project, which ties learning in the first three years of your college career with post-graduation goals.
At SMCM, we see language and culture as inextricably linked. Our curriculum acknowledges the growing need for professionals who have both linguistic and cultural literacy that extend beyond the English-speaking world.
Examples of cool projects in our classes
Spanish 110 and Spanish 361 students collaborated to create four exhibits for our antimuseum, which was displayed in Anne Arundel Hall North. The interactive exhibits evolved from our class discussions on colonization and decolonization.
Lunar New Year
The Chinese and Asian Studies Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the most popular events of each year. The main component of the Celebration is a station for guests to make dumplings which are cooked in the back and then put out later to eat. The room is covered with red decorations, with red symbolizing good fortune and happiness.
The Culture of Remembrance
Intermediate and advanced German students collaborated on a project around the culture of personal and collective remembrance in Germany and the U.S. The project culminated in a public talk where the students shared their work in German and English with an enthusiastic audience.