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The study of the languages, cultures, and literatures of the world enables us to become more globally aware and culturally sensitive, and it informs the way we think about ourselves. We embrace the Ignatian vision of educating “men and women for others” by fostering inclusiveness both inside and outside the classroom. Our courses are by nature interdisciplinary, highlighting connections with fields as varied as linguistics, history, fine arts, philosophy, gender studies, film studies, and the social and natural sciences. Students are encouraged to relate their work in our classrooms to other areas of study. Many of our majors opt to complement their language studies with a double major or a minor in disciplines such as political science, international relations, linguistics, English, math, biology, psychology, education, business, or fine arts. Thanks to a program developed in conjunction with the Department of Education, future teachers can obtain certification in secondary education for French, Latin and Spanish. Curriculum requirements offer students flexibility and choice, and majors and minors participate in shaping their own program of study, incorporating their individual interests and specializations into their class research and creative projects. They also have opportunities to study abroad for a semester through several outstanding SJU affiliated and fully accredited programs in Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

In addition to majoring or minoring in Classical Studies, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, students may also take courses in ancient Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, and Russian.  In addition, we offer degree programs in Ancient Cultures (major and minor), Italian Studies (major only), Latin American Studies (minor only), Linguistics (major and minor), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (major and minor)