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Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures believes that the study of a language should enable the student to participate in oral and written communication in the language, gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the world, connect with other disciplines and acquire knowledge that may be unavailable to the monolingual English speaker, develop insight into the nature of language and culture, and participate in communities at home and abroad.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (formerly the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) offers a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and a master’s degree in Spanish. 

We offer credential programs in French and Spanish and also several minors.  Students may also pursue studies of German, Classical Greek, Italian, Latin, and Portuguese.  The Department also offers the Humanities program.

Students come from all over California to study with our prestigious faculty members. For instance, our Spanish program faculty members are well-recognized for their expertise in Spanish language pedagogy; Golden Age literature; contemporary Mexican, South American, and Peninsular literature; Spanish linguistics and dialectology; creative writing in Spanish; and Hispanic culture. M.A. students may apply for a limited number of teaching assistant positions.

Please consult the program and faculty listings for a more expansive view of the wide academic interests that engage our faculty and students in all programs.