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 Presentation from Student Andromeda Vorndran

Students in the Russian program enjoyed a presentation from Andromeda Vorndran who spent last semester in the Republic of Georgia. In addition to studying Russian in the capital city Tbilisi, Andromeda traveled around Georgia, as well as to the neighboring countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Her presentation was very...

DELE Spanish Exams

Now scheduling DELE exams in the Spanish Exam Center! Register by February 21 for levels A1 and A2 exams.  Register here.

Film Screening

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will be showing the film TÓTEM, this evening February, 9 at 7:00 p.m. TÓTEM is Mexico’s Oscar entry at this year’s Academy Awards, executive produced by Salma Hayek and writer/director Lila Avilés. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times called TÓTEM “one of the...

La Dolce Vita Presents Carnevale

The spirit of Italian Carnevale comes to CWRU this Friday, February 9! Join us from 5 - 8 p.m. in Guilford House #223 & the Grand Canal (corridor) for an evening of food from Little Italy and festivities, headlined by the Commedia dell'Arte troupe. The Confused Greenies: Players’ Patchwork...

Spring 2024 Courses

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

Russian Song Ensemble

The Russian Song Ensemble performed music and folk dances with guitar, balalaika and Russian percussion instruments on December 5th in Haydn Hall. The participants were the students enrolled in the Russian Song course (RUSN305/MUGN310). A reception with traditional Russian food followed the performance.

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...