The department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a global community of distinguished scholars and dedicated teachers who are experts in the field of literary and film studies, cultural studies, and in second language learning and teaching. Our faculty and instructors are passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration. Central to our mission is the teaching of intercultural knowledge because we want our students to be active participants in the multifaceted and diverse world we live in.

We teach eight different languages and we offer an interdisciplinary major and minor in Global Studies as well as a special track for Spanish Heritage Speakers and a Certificate Program in Spanish for Healthcare. We are the only university in the greater DC-Metro area to offer courses in Irish language and culture.