Language, Literature and Culture

  • Become a global citizen
  • Become more confident
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Enjoy books and films in the original
  • See your culture in a new light
  • Meet new people
  • Expand your career opportunities
  • Gain opportunities to make a difference
  • Avoid getting lost in translation

Explore Culture — Learn a Language

Mission and Educational Philosophy

The mission of the Department of Language, Literature and Culture (formerly Foreign Languages and Literatures) is to advance the linguistic and cultural competencies of students in one or more foreign languages. Mastering a foreign language includes speaking and writing proficiency, but also increasing one's appreciation and critical analysis of the cultures that share that language.

Language Placement Guidelines

Language, Literature and Culture Program

Language courses are available in

Majors are offered in


Students interested in studying


The 2017-2018 Seniors Awards go to:

Maggie Foster - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Nikolas Wagner - The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in Comparative Literature

Khali Maden and Melanie Rotax - The J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French

German Studies and Economics major Nikolas Wagner was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Austria. The following is a piece written by Robert Tobin about Nik and the Fulbright. Learn more...

Nik Wagner received a US Teaching Assistantship in Austria, which is administered through the Austrian Fulbright Program. A double major in German Studies and Economics, Nik received a summer stipend to work on a LEEP project on translation. His senior thesis was on the meanings of the “Volk” in East Germany – when did the word refer to the working classes and the common people, and when did it refer to ethnic Germans?

The 2016-2017 Seniors' awards go to:

Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer - The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in Comparative Literature

Madeline Phillips - The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in Comparative Literature

Dexel Sagoe-Moses - The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in French

John Hite - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Digby Kalert - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Julia Lewitt - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

The 2015-2016 Seniors' awards go to:

Jane KenneryJ. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in French

Kayla Landis - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Daniel Padilla - The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

The 2014-2015 Seniors' awards go to:

Molly Burns & John Oliveras- The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Danielle Jacques- The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in French

Jennifer Manglass- The J. Fannin King Prize for Excellence in Comparative Literature

The 2013-2014 Seniors' awards go to:

Annmarie A. Fransen- Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

Sophia Anastasio - J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French

2012-2013 Student Award Winners

Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Fund Awards

Excellence in Comparative Literature
Anna Stusser '13

Excellence in Spanish Studies
Jillian Ceballos '13