Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in the key languages of the world, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Understanding Our World Through Languages

The study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the world prepares students for the challenges of an interconnected world.

About the Department

Through our diverse course offerings, students learn valuable communicative and intercultural skills, become strong writers, and develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to succeed in today's global community. The department offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, as well as minors in German and Russian.

Modern Language Majors and Minors


Majors in our modern language programs possess the critical thinking, intercultural, and communicative skills to succeed in most any professional field. With an ever-growing need for multilingual professionals at home and abroad, a major in a modern language distinguishes potential job candidates and demonstrates fluency in another language. Recent graduates from our programs have gone on to successful careers in the following exciting fields, just to name a few:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • International Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Higher Ed Administration
  • Doctoral Programs in Languages

Study Abroad

Through the Office of International Programs, students can pursue language study abroad in our semester and summer programs in China, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain.

Office of International Programs