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.


New Book now available to pre-order: Great Books by German Women in the Age of Emotion

Based on prodigious research into German-language novels yet written to be accessible to all interested in the history of literature, Dr Daley's new book offers a critical interpretation of six novels by women around 1800, which it removes from the label of Trivial Literature and calls instead the "Age...

Poetry Review by Online Journal Gramaje Cero

In the online journal Gramaje Cero, published in Argentina, author Valeria Mussio published this review of Professor Cristián Gómez's Derechos del yo, a compilation of his poetry, published by Hemisferio Derecho Press, in 2019.