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Welcome to the Maynooth University School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers various Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree pathways in the areas of Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies. At Undergraduate level, small class sizes in language learning ensure a high degree of student engagement which feeds into the acquisition of a high degree of linguistic competence in the foreign language. Language learning also includes learning about the target culture, hence students will also acquire (inter)cultural competence, not only in the language classes but also by a deep engagement with literary and other cultural products of the target speech community. Students will have the opportunity to spend time abroad so that they can apply their acquired knowledge by immersing themselves in the target language(s) and culture(s). Linguistic and intercultural competence open up innovative study and work trajectories which are highly valued in an increasingly globalised world.
At postgraduate level, the School currently offers taught Masters programmes leading to a MA in French, MA in German, MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, MA in Chinese Studies or an MA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Narratives of Conflict. In addition, all four Departments offer Masters by research and structured PhD programmes. The School's research in literary, language and cultural studies ranges from the medieval to the very contemporary. Research by staff members is reflected in their high-profile publications and informs their teaching. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures provides a vibrant and friendly teaching and research community offering expertise and innovation in a wide variety of fields.
Mission Statement of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
In an increasingly interconnected world, the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures strives to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of modern languages, literatures and cultures through providing a broad range of courses and programmes. These elements facilitate and enhance competence in foreign languages and foster the understanding of foreign literatures and cultures, thus encouraging students to develop genuine intercultural competence. By being active in research and publication, the School advances scholarship in the discipline, promoting the critical understanding of languages and cultures in their complexity and diversity. In these and other ways, the School actively supports the Strategic Plan of Maynooth University.
Specifically, the School’s mission is to:
Provide, through research-led teaching, the best education possible to our students.
Promote the understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures by providing basic knowledge about the literature, culture, and intellectual achievements of the communities involved.
Expand, through research and publication, current scholarship in the fields of foreign languages and literatures, (inter)cultural studies and other cognate fields.
Ensure that graduates of the School have sufficient knowledge of and skills in a modern foreign language to achieve fluency in that language.
Teach students to understand and interpret cultural documents such as texts and films, thus promoting methods of critical thinking.
Provide opportunities for studying foreign languages, literatures and cultures in the relevant countries abroad.