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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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Upcoming Courses

How about these Fall 2018 courses? Take a look at various flyers professors have created for some of their upcoming courses.

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

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Feature Story

A local polyglot prepares to globe-trot

Rochester native Cherish Blackman has always had a knack for languages. “I wanted to study languages that weren’t very close to English,” she recalls. The double major in Russian and East Asian studies is heading to China next year, but is bringing her Spanish books with her.

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Breaking News

Congratulations are in order for two MLC graduating seniors:

Alexis Wallace, a dual major in Russian and political science, will be a Fulbright ETA in Russia during the 2018-19 academic year. She is also a member of Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.

Cherish Blackman, a dual major in Russian and East Asian studies, is a recipient of the Chinese Government Scholarship for year-long study in a Chinese university. Among other honors, Cherish is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society. This spring she was awarded the Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award, a Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award, and she was a semi-finalist for a Fulbright Research grant in China.

Community Spotlight

Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

The United Nations created World Poetry Day in 1999 to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages and to laud poetry as a “powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.”  In honor of the day and the consonance of its values with those of University’s own Language Center and Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, students—including Yuxing (Estele) Li ’19, pictured here—share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.

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10fulbright grants

MLC students have earned 10 Fulbright grants in the last four years alone!

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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