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Studying languages and cultures, texts, and contexts

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Honing communication and research skills

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Advancing critical theory and cultural studies

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Majors & Minors

Choose from 10 programs exploring foreign languages, literatures, and cultures.

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Study Abroad

Explore your study abroad options, including programs in Germany, Italy, Russia, and more.

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Have prior language experience? Learn which class is right for you!

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Did you know?

In our departmental and interdepartmental programs, faculty and students explore both national traditions and global connections as reflected in languages, literatures, films, digital media, and the arts of cultures around the world.

The University currently offers classes in 17 different languages housed across campus.

Modern Languages and Cultures offers a wide variety of humanities clusters (many of which can easily turn into a minor by adding a few more courses).


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From Russia, with love: MLC grad discusses his love of languages and working abroad

Though he majored in only one language, MLC graduate Robert Parent (Russian, 2017) studied five languages at Rochester: Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Chinese. He and now lives and works in Russia.

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22Fulbright Grants

MLC students have earned 22 Fulbright grants since 2011!

Why MLC?

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.

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