View our comprehensive list of all courses in Comparative Literature, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portugeuse, Russian and Spanish. MLC also teaches literature, film and culture courses in English translation!Learn More
Majors & Minors
Choose from 10 programs exploring foreign languages, literatures, and cultures.
Explore your study abroad options, including programs in Germany, Italy, Russia, and more.
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In the News
Subjects of Affection: Rights of Resistance in Early Modern French Culture
Assistant Professor of French Anna Rosensweig's new book offers an alternative to the modern model of human rights in an unexpected archive: the monarchist tragedies that shaped Louis XIV’s absolutist France.
An Encounter in Aokigahara by David Holloway
Professor David Holloway’s final publication before he died is featured in a public podcast—One man is obsessed by death and suicide, so it is not surprising that he would seek out Aokigahara, Japan's famous suicide forest. When he encounters an old woman in the forest, will he change his mind?
MLC Diploma Ceremony
Congratulations to the class of 2022! Check out our celebration of this year's graduating MLC seniors.Watch on YouTube
A Peek into JPNS 245: Japanese Science Fiction and Planetary Possible Futures
This fall students in JPNS 245: Japanese Science Fiction and Planetary Possible Futures engaged with a variety of media—short stories, novels, films, manga, and anime—in an exploration of “the far-flung possible worlds imagined in Japanese science fiction.”Continue Reading
Study languages and cultures at Rochester!
Check out this panel discussion featuring Professors John Givens (Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures), Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio (Italian Head Program) and Nicholas Gresens (Religion and Classics), who address the value and benefits of studying other languages and cultures as part of your undergraduate curriculum.Learn More
MLC students have earned 25 Fulbright grants since 2011!
Our students attend small classes and meet with their instructors—many of whom are native speakers—regularly. With our interdisciplinary curriculum, we prepare students for careers that stress critical thinking and cross-cultural communication. Because our courses are frequently cross-listed with other departments, many MLC students can complete double or even triple majors.