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In the 21st century, the ability to communicate at the international level is an essential skill that is greatly valued in a lot of professions. By choosing to study languages you will broaden your horizons, enrich your life and improve your future employment opportunities. Our international faculty will help you learn French, German, Russian, Spanish and Italian and foster a global understanding and greater intercultural and interpersonal skills through an exposure to cultures and literatures taught in the department.

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On Sept. 6, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a welcome event to help new students get started on the right track. At this interactive event, you'll hear from the Dean and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Programs, learn more about areas of study in HSS, and meet other HSS students! Register now: https://loom.ly/TTXWfYo

When we think of university campuses, we picture lecture halls and labs. But what about a space for that time between classes? It is equally essential to have a comfortable space to study or kick back and relax between lectures. The newly refurbished Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons, in SN-1107, offers HSS students such a space. Check out this Gazette article on why interim Dean, Dr. Craig, wanted to rejuvenate this space for students. 

MLLC faculty member Anne Graham, studies sixteenth and seventeenth century French literature.

"Storytelling is at the heart of what it means to be human. It is through storytelling to that we make sense of our own experiences and get a chance to try to understand someone else’s experience. Research in literature is all about storytelling: What makes a good story? What is the storyteller’s goal or motivation? What is the impact on the reader or spectator? ... Literature is just storytelling that has come to us, eventually, through written form. Studying the kinds of stories others have told at different moments of history can help us to better understand the world and ourselves."

Read more about Anne and her work here.

Maureen Scheidnes

Maureen Scheidnes was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her BA in Modern Languages from Beloit College in Wisconsin. After teaching English in France and working in the private sector in Minnesota, Maureen returned to school to obtain her MA and PhD in linguistics from the University of Tours in France. Shortly after obtaining her PhD, she began her current joint appointment at Memorial in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses on typical and atypical language development in bilingual children.