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Modern Languages and Literatures

The Modern Languages and Literatures department prepares students for life in a global society through the study of language, literature, and culture.

The Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) department houses seven distinct language and literature programs — American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian — and a comparative literature program, Studies in World Literatures.

The department’s faculty offer dynamic courses that integrate current pedagogical practices as well as cultural programming beyond the classroom. An essential component of our language courses is the practicum run by foreign language assistants, who come to Holy Cross from all over the globe to share the contemporary culture of their native countries and communities with our students.

Courses include offerings in literature, linguistics, film, and culture, which may be conducted in English or in the target language. MLL programs also host events, such as weekly language tables and cafés, films series, lectures, performances and cultural excursions. The department’s study abroad and study away programs enable students to immerse themselves in the language and culture of other countries and communities.

Program Highlights

MLL offers majors in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Studies in World Literatures; and minors in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Information specific to each program can be found on the respective program pages:Students interested in Spanish should visit the department page:

Modern Languages and Literatures News

Holy Cross Music Department Announces the Spring 2017 Concert Series

Jan 30, 2017

The College of the Holy Cross music department will kick off its spring concert series on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall with artist-in-residence Saul Bitrán’s Cuarteto Latinoamericano: “Tribute to the Americas.” Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one …

Italian Professor Edits Volume on Role of Italian Women in Wartime

Jan 9, 2017

Susan Amatangelo, professor of Italian and current speaker of the faculty, edited the volume “Italian Women at War: Sisters in Arms from the Unification to the Twentieth Century” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), which she explains “offers diverse perspectives on …

Students Study Around the World Through Maymester Programs This Summer

Aug 5, 2016

This summer, 59 students jet set to different locations around the world through the College’s ever-popular Maymester program to sites in England, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany, and Russia. Each year, the College offers a number of these summer …