Yeah, it’d totally count! Foreign language is a legit academic subject, no worries.
We offer Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Italian.
The cool thing about foreign language classes at Bennington is that when you read the course descriptions (or, obviously, take the classes) you realize that they are actually about literature, culture, history, film, philosophy, anthropology, politics, art, identity, etc.
You can see some of the past course offerings in foreign languages by checking out this link!
Hey! I’m so flattered to get a personal question. That’s awesome that you are vegan and also like to cook + bake. Unfortunately there isn’t a local Whole Foods, but there is a natural foods market, Spice n’ Nice in town. There is also a green market (to which I have not yet ventured) in town once or twice a week.
I am revising my plan of study right now to focus on food’s representation in art throughout history and now. In this, I will focus mainly in photography-to capture food photos- and Italian to study a society where food is of major importance.
About the meal plan- almost all students are on it, and it is not an easy task to get off it. I am on the meal plan, which is beneficial for getting lunch in between classes or if I have too much work to have time to cook. The vegan options are good. I usually cook for myself and friends for dinner and often leave leftovers of what I make in the house.
We have house coffee hour on Sundays, and each person in the house buys or prepares food for one in each term. My coffee hour is coming up, so I am searching for some tasty desserts (possibly chocolate peanut butter cups or these muffins.
Please email me if you want to chat (or have any dessert ideas). My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s totally okay and encouraged! I came to Bennington after studying French for 8 years, and I decided I wanted to take Italian. It’s always helpful if you’ve taken another language (especially a romance language or Latin) and have the passion to learn a new language.
From personal experience-and I’m sure my classmates would agree-the Italian professor, Barbara Alfano, is amazing. She puts her heart into every class, and we are always learning in a creative way (e.g. watching a film and describing scenes, learning about current Italian issues, performing little dialogues that we write, etc.). I definitely suggest you meet Barbara and chat with her. She is excited to meet with new students and always makes time.