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.


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.

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


Study Abroad 2023

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers Study Abroad travel to Italy, Kyoto, Paris, and Spain.  Applications are due in Undergraduate Admission April 15, 2023.

2023 Summer Classes

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is offering 12 summer classes in Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Hebrew Lecturer Position

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a full-time lecturer position in Modern Hebrew starting in Fall 2023. The position is a non-tenured annual appointment, renewable in one-year increments every five years.

Eirik Børve Professor Position

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites qualified applicants to apply for the Eirik Børve Professor position.  This endowed position is meant to foster methodological and technological innovation in foreign language instruction at Case Western Reserve University.

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