Learning a language is not just learning about its pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary; it is learning to see the world as another culture sees it. It is also learning to see your own culture from a new perspective. Knowledge of a foreign language will enable you to compare and contrast cultural concepts.
Languages Offered at Smith
The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages coordinates the study of the least commonly taught languages for the Five Colleges—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mentored Language Program
Supervised Independent Language Program
Zulu (South Africa)
Croatian (Serbo- Croatian)
Languages Across the Curriculum
Smith continues to look for ways to promote languages across the curriculum as a means of further understanding human experience and pursuing intellectual endeavors. This faculty-initiated program offers students the opportunity to apply their existing language or cross-cultural skills in a course parallel to one taught in English. Cross-cultural and multilingual inquiry leads to a more complete learning experience and provides a basis for comparative understanding unavailable when students and faculty are limited to the use of resources in only one language. Students develop a deeper understanding of a subject by studying and comparing how a particular language and culture address precisely defined topics differently from the way their own native language and culture might.