B.B. Comer Hall entranceWelcome

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, a diverse and exciting department. We feature an undergraduate Foreign Languages and Literature (FLL) major with 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 less commonly taught languages, many of which are vital for national security, as well as in American Sign Language (ASL).


Graduate Opportunities

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 PhD level we offer concentrations in French or Spanish literature or linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary studies.


Undergraduate Opportunities

Our numerous language programs feature language clubs with exciting extracurricular 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, including dual majors in Spanish and business and FLL-French and business. Students of German and Engineering have the opportunity for internships and study abroad through the prestigious Two Steps Ahead: International German Student Exchange Program. 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.


People and Contacts

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.

We invite you to explore our website and to contact us with any questions. Meet some of our faculty and students in our department video, or follow this link to view a short video on the importance of learning other languages.


Cheryl Toman, Chair


Department of Modern Languages and Classics (VIDEO) from UA College of Arts & Sciences on Vimeo.