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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!

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Language Study Opens Doors...

Studying a language gives you the competence and confidence to meet the challenges of a diverse world! Film by Lucia Carpinelli '22

Programs of Study

We offer seven languages, plus courses in international cultures, leading to degrees in Spanish, French, Italian, and Classics. 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

Class of 2021 Language Degrees

Congratulations to the Class of '21!

Please join us in celebrating our graduating seniors.

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A Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Siena
A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Siena

The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures congratulates Dr. Santa Casciani, Professor of Italian, on the publication of A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Siena. Edited by Dr. Casciani and Heather Richardson Hayton, the book presents "chapters by prominent scholars on the powerful commune that birthed a pope, sheltered saints, built banking institutions that have thrived for nearly 1000 years, and nurtured vibrant communities of artists and intellectuals." The book is available for pre-sale by visiting

Marlene Villa '18 at work in a Boston school.

Marlene Villa '18

Marlene Villa graduated with a double major in Humanities and Italian Studies. She also minored in Spanish!

After graduation, Marlene joined AmeriCorps and spent two years at Cristo Rey Boston, a private, co-educational Roman Catholic high school. She is now employed by the school as an Admissions Coordinator. In this role, Marlene is the main point of contact for students and their families while also hosting virtual visits at elementary schools and community organizations in the surrounding areas.

Marlene has been accepted to Harvard University where she will pursue a Master's degree in Higher Education.

CMLC News & Events

May 25

2021 Porter Scholarship

April 29

John Carroll University Senior Lucy Peloso Named 2021 Beaudry Award Winner

October 26

Remembering Father Gerald Sabo, S.J.

May 22

2020 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award