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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Modern Languages & Literatures


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The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures educates students to be competent, conscious and compassionate global citizens prepared to confront the complex challenges of our 21st century, interdependent world community. 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, to appreciate cultural diversity, to interpret and discuss words, images, texts and discourses in their sociocultural context, and to identify and analyze problems across cultural and national boundaries. With rigorous, high quality programs deeply rooted in our Jesuit values and in the principles of the liberal arts experience, we 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.   

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as degree programs  in French and Francophone studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, and Spanish studies. Students can also combine language studies, especially Arabic, Chinese or German with interdisciplinary minors (e.g. Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, International Business minor) or an Individual Studies Major.

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Student Engagement

Collaboration and Translation - Faculty and students collaborate to translate English to Spanish

Alumni News

Ryan Khojasteh '16 is a member of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and attends law school

language core - Language Core Placement & Proficiency Testing
Contact Us

Jimia Boutouba, Ph.D., Department Chair

Kari Craighead, Office Manager

Phone: 408-554-4049

Location: Kenna 112

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