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.


Forthcoming Publication in the GSNA Yearbook

Margaretmary Daley is thrilled that the editors of the prestigious GSNA Yearbook will be publishing her "The Persistence of Bias in Eighteenth-Century German Literature” in 2023.

International Tea

The International Tea, which was held on Monday, Oct.17 in the Guilford Lounge was a very successful and fun event. Desserts and goodies (pastries, chocolates, candies, cakes, cookies) and teas from around the world were provided. Approximately 100 people from many different departments attended and everyone was having such...

Soccer for Ukraine

Come join soccer for Ukraine ! hosted by Eastern European Club PHI DELTA THETA SIGMA PHI EPSILON October 15th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Disanto Field

Translating Socialism International Symposium: CWRU Oct. 18-21, 2022

The first major international symposium solely focused on the literary translations made in socialist countries (both in Eastern Europe and Latin America) from 1959-1990. Many studies have been devoted to translation studies in the last few decades. Still, none has yet focused on the role played by literary translations...

Jacqueline Nanfito’s translation has been published

Jacqueline's translation of the award winning narrative, HASTA YA NO IR, by contemporary Chilean author, Beatriz García Huidobro, has been published with a preface by the renowned Chilean author, Diamela Eltit.

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...