Department of

Modern Languages & Literatures


Be internationally minded.

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Modern Languages & Literatures

Language is Beautiful

The department prepares its students to thrive in a diverse world through the study of one or more languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish) and the cultural, social, philosophical, and/ or historical contexts in which these languages are situated.

By acquiring the four basic linguistic skills— listening, speaking, reading, and writing—you will develop intercultural competency through thoughtful engagement with literary and other cultural texts. We encourage our students to put their language learning and cultural understanding into practice both locally and while studying abroad, where you can volunteer, complete internships, and pursue independent research projects through our unique Cities in Transition courses.

Museums and Modern Languages
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Museums and Modern Languages

Students in Professors Sylvia López and Susan Furukawa’s classes engage in experiential learning in campus museums
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Author Kaori Fujino reads excerpts from her novella “Nails and Eyes” while translator Kendall Heitzman reads along.

“Why let anything trouble ‘you’?”

Kaori Fujino’s visit to campus to read excerpts from her award-winning novella “Nails and Eyes” was just one of many opportunities for Japanese language students to interact with…

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Farah Tolu-Honary’s view of a beautiful blue street in Tunesia.

“The world is never that far away”

Meet twins Farah and Ariana Tolu-Honary’24 and their younger sister, Mina’26. Though they run in different circles on campus and studied abroad in three different places to

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