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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Modern Languages & Literatures

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 ...

"At first I was nervous to live in a country with Spanish as the primary language, but SCU prepared me well and this experience strengthened my Spanish skills more than I could have imagined."

Ellie Bollard '20


Congratulations Modern Languages and Literatures Class of 2020!

A special note from the chair, Award winners, Phi Sigma Iota Inductees and thoughts, plans, and memories from graduates

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.

    Mandatory Language Placement Process Core 2nd Language Requirement
    Contact Us

    Jimia Boutouba, Ph.D., Department Chair

    Kari Craighead, Office Manager

    Phone: 408-554-4049

    Location: Kenna 112