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Fall Courses

View our comprehensive list of all courses in Comparative Literature, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. MLC also teaches literature, film and culture courses in English translation!

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Honing communication and research skills

Study Abroad
A group of students and professors abroad.

Advancing critical theory and cultural studies

About MLC

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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"Café en español" will take place every other Wednesday starting January 24, 2024
from 4-5 p.m. in 415 Lattimore Hall.

Alexei Navalny staring ahead with a crowd of people behind him holding Russian flags.

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Scholar in Exile on Alexei Navalny: ‘One day I’ll walk along a street in Moscow named after him’

Dmitry Bykov discusses the late Russian opposition leader’s legacy, his own poisoning, and why Navalny posed a threat to the Russian president.

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Upcoming Events

Department News

Anna Rosensweig Receives President’s Ferrari Humanities Research Award

May 14, 2024

Anna Rosensweig, an associate professor of French and the director of the Graduate Program in Visual ...

Robert Doran recognized with Alan Walker Book Award

May 7, 2024

Liszt and Virtuosity, edited by Robert Doran, a professor of French and comparative literature, is c ...

Bykov comments about Navalny

March 5, 2024

During any public events - marches, processions, debates - I always tried to stand next to Navalny a ...

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures Welcomes Dmitry Bykov

January 22, 2024

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) is proud to welcome Russian poet, journalist, ...

"Contranarrativas discas: Testimonio, creatividad, conocimiento"

December 12, 2022

Co edited by Beth E. Jörgensen, University of Rochester, and Beatriz Miranda Galarza, 17, Insti ...

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Bykov comments about Navalny

Dmitry Bykov's opening remarks before the film screening of Navalny on March 5, 2024.

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Feature Video

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.

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25Fulbright Grants

MLC students have earned 25 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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