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Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures

Come develop your language abilities and study the culture and traditions of various countries. We’ll teach you how to understand the nuances of cultural diversity, helping you to gain a perspective on the products and practices of each region. You’ll communicate effectively with intercontinental peers and understand their point of view as well as the historical context behind it. Plus, you can learn in the country you’re studying through our more than 45 study abroad programs.

Consistent with the University’s mission, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures is committed to developing students into responsible citizens of the world.

When you study a language, you will expand your horizons, improve your analytical abilities, and learn to communicate more effectively. Language study enhances any other major, from sociology to pre-health and from political science to international business. Plus, learning a new language is fun!

Why Study a Foreign Language?

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Preparing you for success in a complex world

Want to have a career in diplomatic relations, international sports, medicine, law, international business, science, education, fashion, culinary arts, or any number of other fields? Studying a language can get you there.

Programs of Study

We offer nine languages, plus courses in international cultures, leading to degrees in Spanish, French, Italian, Classics, and East Asian Studies. Flexible course offerings allow students to pair a language major or minor with a degree in another discipline. Our graduates leave John Carroll with both content knowledge and intercultural skills, giving them an advantage in the global job market.



Classics is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing the languages, literature, art, archaeology, history, philosophy, mythology, and religious lives of the Greeks and Romans in the broader ancient Mediterranean world.

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The French and francophone studies program is designed to help you acquire knowledge of the languages, literature, and cultures of France and francophone countries. You’ll develop the skills to read, write, speak, and understand French.

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Courses in Italian Studies lead to a thorough understanding of the Italian language, as well as Italian culture and literature.

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The Spanish and Hispanic Studies program prepares you to communicate effectively in Spanish; to understand the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the Spanish-speaking world; and to act with intercultural competence.

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The German curriculum will prepare you to communicate effectively in German and to understand cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the German-speaking world.

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Department Highlights

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We average 15-22 students in introductory courses, which allows you to have more time for discussion and interaction with your professor.

CMLC News & Events

September 27

Eddie Jenkins '20 was awarded second prize

June 17

Adriana Nelson ’19 Receives Fulbright Fellows Grant

August 13

Italian Events on Facebook

August 12

JCU Student Unearths Opportunity During Italian Archaeological Excavation