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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!

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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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Placement

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

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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.

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Spotlight

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?

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Will Bridges, an associate professor of Japanese and a recipient of the 2021 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, leads the Life and Anime class in Lattimore Hall. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Feature Story

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.”

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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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