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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

About Our Programs

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures’ rigorous, high-quality programs deeply rooted in our Jesuit values and in the principles of the liberal arts experience, offer students unique learning experiences both in and out of the classroom, which enrich their personal lives, help them discern a future career path, and prepare them to compete locally and globally for a wide variety of careers. Our faculty of professional language educators and scholars integrates the teaching of language and culture throughout our curricula in order to enable students to communicate effectively across cultures, appreciate cultural diversity, and to identify and analyze problems across cultural and national boundaries.

Students can major or minor in French and Francophone studies, Italian studies, and Spanish studies or minor in Japanese studies. Interdisciplinary minors blend language studies, especially ArabicChinese, or German, with other areas. (e.g. Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, International Business minor) or an Individual Studies Major allows students to design their own path.

Start your journey into the world of languages now with the language placement process.

Featured Story

  • Congratulations to Jimia Boutouba, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, who was nominated by SCU students and selected as an Outstanding Career Influencer for 2021-2022. This award is given by SCU's Career Center in order to recognize and honor those whose work with students has made a lasting impact in terms of their career development and their sense of who they are becoming.

    Although I was pursuing a business major, she was the one who ultimately prompted me to seriously consider declaring a second major in French, which I ultimately did. Since then, practically every internship offer or employer that has reached out to me has commented on this double major, and the uniqueness this combination adds to my applications.” -Claire Andreski ‘24

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