Minor in Modern Languages

The Minor in Modern Languages has been designed to help students develop fluency in a modern foreign language, as well as communication and cross-cultural skills that will be of personal and professional use to them in an international or multicultural environment.

Students wishing to minor in a Modern Language are required to complete a minimum of four courses in one language, to meet with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages or Minors Coordinator while planning the courses that will constitute the minor, and to obtain the Chair’s/Coordinator’s written permission regarding the choice of ML courses that they may apply to the minor. Residence (for a year, semester or summer) in a country where the language being studied is spoken and a family homestay arrangement during the stay abroad are very strongly recommended.

Note: Course requirements vary according to a student’s chosen major and initial level of proficiency. Therefore, courses applicable to the minor will be determined by the minor coordinator or Department Chair on an individual basis, but no later than the first semester of the senior year.

Required for a minor in French, Italian, or Spanish:

  • Minimum requirements: Any four courses at the 200-level or above, one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Required for a minor in Japanese or Chinese:

  • For students with little or no previous Chinese or Japanese training: Beginning I and II, and Intermediate I and II.
  • For students placed beyond the Japanese or Chinese Beginning sequence: Any four courses at the 200-level or above, one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as business-related electives, arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives, the humanities/social science elective or the mathematics/natural sciences elective.
  • The electives guide defines all classes as either arts and sciences or business. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses fulfilling General Education requirements (except the humanities/social science elective and the math/natural science elective) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • Courses fulfilling Business Core requirements may not be applied to a minor (except for the Business Studies Minor).  
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Liberal Studies Major or Business Studies Major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course (from sources such as transfer, IB or AP) not taken at Bentley or as part of a Bentley-approved study abroad program to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of two minors.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor.