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About the Department

Explore the world and your place in it through the study of language. Our students prepare for lives as global citizens, learning to communicate across languages and cultures. A rich curriculum is integrated with extensive cultural immersion: trips, speakers, festivals, performances, and (of course!) study abroad. Guiding our students are faculty members from over a dozen countries speaking as many languages. Together we create a dynamic community reflective of the world we live in: complex, multicultural, and interconnected.

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#1 for Spanish Teachers

Our program is the state’s top preparer of Spanish teachers and offers certification at all school levels.


Great Double Majors

Chinese plus business? Arabic plus political science? Pairing any major with a language adds value.


On Employers’ Wish List

Language and cultural proficiency shine on any résumé, now that globalization touches every career sector.

Recent News / Announcements

  • July 12, 2018

    Our Madrid summer program students are visiting Ávila, the "Town of Stones and Saints." It claims to be among the towns with the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in Spain! (click the headline to see photo!)

  • July 11, 2018

    The Study Abroad program in Madrid is underway! These students will spend the next month at The Complutense University of Madrid with Professors Huguet-Jerez and Otero, completing two courses and visiting Madrid's museums and monuments, with day trips to other regions. (click headline to see photo!)

  • July 10, 2018

    The Embassy of Spain-Trade Commission just launched the 2018-2019 edition of the STUDY IN SPAIN - STUDENT AMBASSADORS PROGRAM. Students at U.S. universities can apply to become a Student Ambassador and collaborate with the program by promoting Study in Spain in their respective campuses as well as online. Participants will get incentives such as a Certification of Participation signed by the Ambassador of Spain and/or the chance to win a...

  • October 6, 2017

    The event had a huge turnout (probably 60-70 students attended). The reading was also accompanied by  the Chinese Guqin master John Thompson/唐世璋.   Zang Di, who has been honored three times as one of China’s top ten poets, is a featured poet at the Princeton Poetry Festival on October 5-6, 2017. His first English collection, The Roots of Wisdom,translated by award-winning translator...

  • September 29, 2016

    Acclaimed and award-winning Chinese writer-poet-alternative rock musician Wu Hongfei gave a successful performance to a packed audience at library auditorium on Sept. 27th.    As Wu Hongfei has been promoting and rediscovering her indigenous Dong Ethnic music (侗族)in recent years, she also gave a talk on "Ethno-folk music and Chinese Rock 'N' Roll." Attached are some of the photos for this event.