- French and Francophone Studies (B.A.)
- German Studies (B.A.)
- Hispanic Studies (B.A.)
- Italian Studies (B.A.)
- Spanish for International Service (B.A.)
A Statement from Modern Languages & Literatures
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures thanks our Catholic U alumni and @BlackatCUA for sharing their experiences. We recognize the pain associated with these experiences and the ways that such macro and microaggressions diminish the personhood of those involved, negatively impact their academic development, and hinder their participation in the campus community. At the same time, we see the stories shared by students as a call to action to bring about the onset of the transformation of our campus so that it more fully embodies the "beloved community" we are commanded to cultivate by God. As a department, our mission is to foster respect for, and open exchange among, cultures and communities not only across the world, but also within and around our campus.
Cultural encounters and intercultural dialogue are at the center of our scholarship and teaching.
Knowledge of languages and cultures is a competitive edge in the increasingly globalized and complex workplace of the 21st century. By studying literary and cultural values, both past and present, our students gain important insights that prepare them to confront the intellectual, social, and political challenges of the future.
Our department offers two Introduction to American Sign Language courses, as well as advanced workshops in ASL storytelling.
One of the top-five languages in the world, Arabic opens doors to intercultural understanding, career opportunities, and international adventure.
The study of Mandarin Chinese is supported by a range of courses in language and culture, the Chinese Club, study-abroad opportunities, and the Asian Studies minor.
The Major in French and Francophone Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the French-speaking world, and includes a practical immersion experience in a French-speaking country.
German speakers have a competitive advantage in the global market. It is the native language of one quarter of Europeans, and is highly useful in business, engineering, nursing, philosophy, and the hard sciences.
At Catholic University, studying Irish language is enriched by our convenient class schedule, "immersion Saturdays," several study-abroad opportunities, the CUA Gaels student club, and the Certificate in Irish Studies program.
Learn Italian, study the culture, and spend a semester studying in Italy. Italian Studies majors acquire a deep knowledge of the country, it history, literature, and art. The minor program also combines classes in both Italian language and culture.
Degree programs in Spanish at Catholic University include undergraduate majors in Hispanic Studies and Spanish for International Service, master's and doctoral programs in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, a Certificate in Spanish for Health Care, and a Minor in Hispanic Studies.