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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Mandatory Language Placement Process Core 2nd Language Requirement
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Jimia Boutouba, Ph.D., Department Chair

Kari Craighead, Department Manager

Phone: 408-554-4049

Location: Kenna 112

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 Arabic, Chinese, 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. The Core Second Language requirement ensures that SCU students can demonstrate linguistic and cultural proficiency in a language other than English. 

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


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What students have to say ...

"By the end of my first year at SCU, I decided to add a Spanish Studies major because the language has always been a big component of my identity as a First-Generation student. Spanish was the first language I learned and continues to be my primary language at home, so my Spanish classes became a way for me to bring a little piece of my dearly-missed home life to campus."


Grace Lin Cereghino and Gabriella Ballardo
Vari Italian Studies Fellowship

Congratulations to Grace Lin-Cereghino and Gabi Ballardo the two recipients of the inaugural Vari Italian Studies Fellowship!

Mariana Perera
Senior Mariana Perera Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Political Science, Spanish, and Communication major will study disability rights policy in Brazil.

      New Student Ambassador Program

      Become a Student Ambassador for the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures!