The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.
At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.
In today’s job market there is an ever-growing need for people who speak more than one language. The mastery of a foreign language is like taking a journey in which your destination is not merely a place but a different way of looking at the world. The study of a foreign language develops communication skills, heightens cultural awareness, improves career opportunities, and encourages precision in thought and expression.
The Department of Foreign Languages offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in some of the world’s most widely spoken languages: French, Italian, and Spanish. The Department also offers the Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Languages, where you can focus on three languages of your choice (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish). In conjunction with LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology, the Department offers excellent preparation for careers as French, Italian, and Spanish teachers.
M.A. in Spanish
Spanish is the world's third-largest language, spoken by nearly 500 million people, more than 40 million in the United States alone. Its importance in culture and commerce is immense, as are the political, artistic and commercial impacts of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. According to the Modern Language Association's 2009 survey, enrollment in foreign languages degree programs in the United States continues to increase, with Spanish attracting the largest number of students.
The Master of Arts degree in Spanish is a comprehensive study of the linguistics, syntax and literature of Spain and Spanish America. Graduates of this 36-credit program will be fully prepared for further study of Spanish at the doctoral level. In addition, given that in today’s job market there is an ever-growing need for people who speak more than one language, our graduates find positions in a variety of careers including international business; translation and interpretation; government, including the FBI and CIA; publishing; the media; and health and medicine. The services of translators and interpreters are important to courts, financial markets and the stock exchanges.