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The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures   fosters research and teaching in modern and classical European languages, literatures, and cultures at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in native languages and in translation.

The Department prepares students for professional training, graduate study, and for a global market in which knowledge of other languages and cultures is increasingly essential.

The Department offers programs in Classical Civilization, European Studies, French, German, Italian, Italian American, Medieval Studies, and Russian Studies.

In the Spotlight


While you complete your MA in Romance Languages or your MAT in French, Italian or Spanish, you can also work towards the new

“Competence in Globalization Focus,”

a graduate credential which is issued by the program in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI).

Click here for information on how to earn that credential:   Competence in Globalization Credential

Why Study Languages?


There are many motivations to learn a new language. It might be an interest in international travel and a desire to connect with the culture of the country on a deeper level, or it might be to improve their career prospects and employability.

In an increasingly competitive and international job market, European languages are increasingly valuable to employers. From an employer's perspective, to build and deliver sustainable growth in the world of international business, multilingual graduates are a key asset to capitalise on opportunities for growth in overseas markets. (adapted from   The March 5, 2015)


Three reasons to choose languages