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.


Russian Song Performance

The Russian Song Ensemble will perform music and folk dances with guitar, balalaika and Russian percussion instruments on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:30 in Haydn Hall, first floor. A reception with traditional Russian food will follow the performance.

La Dolce Vita Hosts Film Screening

La Dolce Vita will be screening the movie I Vampiri in Guilford House B3 at 7:00pm on October 30th! Come join us for a 1957 classic b&w Italian horror movie and eat classic Italian food (pizza, cannoli, etc). Bring a friend and dare to step into the creepy basement of one...

A Talk with Peng Han

Please join us for a talk with Peng Han on Friday, October 13.  Free and open to all!

PLUTO 2023

Free and open to the public! Q&A with award winning Italian filmmaker Renzo Carbonera.



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: