The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is committed to helping students become informed and liberally educated citizens of the world. Through the acquisition of language skills and cultural awareness, our students prepare for careers that have an international dimension. To that end, we strongly encourage them to spend their junior year abroad in order to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and perfect their language skills. We also run our own study abroad programs: two French programs (“The Paris Experience” and “The Montreal Experience”), one Spanish program (“The Cuban Experience”) and one in Italy (“The Italian Experience”).

We work closely with other university departments and interdisciplinary programs as well as with the cultural institutions of University Circle to provide students with a broad understanding of the many opportunities that language and culture study offer. The department has strong interdisciplinary ties with the college’s programs in Asian studies, French and Francophone studies, German studies, international studies, women’s and gender studies, and world literature. Students also gain practical experience in different cultural and language environments through service learning in the Spanish-speaking and Russian-speaking communities of Cleveland.


Coming to the CWRU campus in October

Free and open to the public! A screening of La Porta dell'inferno by Michael Cavalieri.  

Congratulations 2023 Student Award Winners!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 2023 Student Award Winners.  

Professor Margaretmary Daley Presents at the 76th Annual KFLC

Professor Margaretmary Daley presented "Emotional Intelligence and the Woman's Novel" at the 76th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference Virtual Program on April 20, 2023.

A Talk with Dr. Marixa Lasso

In this talk, Dr. Lasso will discuss Latin America's place in world history, namely, the Panama Canal.

Book Launch

Join Dr. Gilbert Doho, Associate Professor of French and Director of the Ethnic Studies Program for a discussion of "Zintgraff and the Battle of Mankon<<A semi-historical Drama>> and other plays" a revised edition of his 1998 publication.

MLA 2023 Convention

Dr. Beth Carter Presents at the MLA 2023 Convention

On January 7, 2023 Beth M. Carter presented her paper, "Weeping, Wailing, and Writhing: Corporeal Performance of Mourning in Eighth-Century Texts” at the 2023 conference of the Modern Languages Association (MLA) in San Francisco.


Fall 2023 Courses

These are just a few courses offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures this fall.  A complete list of courses can be found at: