Prepare for life in a global society through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 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.
Students are strongly advised to carefully and intentionally select a language of study early in their academic careers that complements and enhances their undergraduate studies and expands post-graduate opportunities.
The department’s faculty members 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. Individual programs within the department of Modern Languages and Literatures also host events, such as weekly language tables and cafés, films series, lectures, performances and cultural excursions. Study abroad and study away programs enable students to immerse themselves in the language and culture of other countries and communities and to greatly expand their language skills.
Languages and Programs
Information specific to each language program offered at Holy Cross can be found on the respective program pages. Students interested in Spanish should visit the department page.