The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
About Us


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers students of every discipline a wide range of courses that provide them with the opportunity to broaden and enrich their understanding of foreign cultures and modern languages as well as international issues and world affairs. In today’s world, knowledge of another language and culture is a distinct asset that adds a highly desirable competence for any future career including those in public service. Various languages and literature courses are scheduled each semester that allow students to choose a program that meets their particular needs and interests. Language offerings include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Department also offers a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Spanish/English Legal Interpretation and/or Translation. The faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures include eminent language and literature specialists, as well as federally certified court interpreters and translators. Unique features of the Department’s academic program are courses in Spanish for those who are working in or intend to work in the field of law enforcement and career oriented classes in Spanish legal translation. Unless otherwise exempt, students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at John Jay College are required to take a modern language.


Silvia Dapia, Chairperson
524 West 59th Street, Room 7.65.03, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 646.557.4415, Email: