Welcome from the Chair

110152_BH_03x_Lightfoot_DouglasWelcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, a diverse and exciting department. We feature undergraduate major concentrations in Classical Civilization, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. We offer undergraduate minor concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Our Critical Languages Center offers instruction in sixteen additional less-commonly taught languages, many of which are vital for national security.

On the graduate level we offer MA degrees with concentrations in French (literature or linguistics), German (literature, linguistics, or German studies), Spanish (literature or linguistics), and Romance Languages. On the Ph.D. level we offer concentrations in French or Spanish literature or linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary studies.

Our numerous language programs feature language clubs with exciting extra-curricular activities. Students in our department have opportunities for community outreach. We have partnered with the UA Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration and with the UA College of Engineering to provide additional opportunities for our students. The department also offers many study-abroad opportunities, whether for the summer, a semester, or an academic year, and UA is one of the few U.S. universities to offer a semester in Cuba.

Our faculty members are active scholars, many with national or international reputations. The department also prides itself on excellent teaching, and many faculty members have received university or state-wide teaching awards.

Please follow the links on this page to explore the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. Click on this link to view a short video on the importance of learning other languages: http://leadwithlanguages.org/.

Douglas Lightfoot