Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, a diverse and exciting department!

Undergraduate Programs

We offer an undergraduate major in foreign languages and literature (FLL) with tracks in classical civilization, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. We also offer undergraduate minor concentrations in Arabic, Classical Civilization, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

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.

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).

Our numerous language programs feature language clubs with exciting extracurricular activities. Students in our department have opportunities for community outreach. 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.

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, we offer MA degrees with concentrations in French, German, Spanish, and Romance languages. At the PhD level, we offer concentrations in French or Spanish literature or linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary studies.


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.

Learn More

Watch this video to learn more about our department and hear a few of our faculty and students talk about why they’re passionate about modern languages and classics, and why they chose to come here.