The Modern and Classical Languages Department offers majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. In addition, a major in French Studies and minors in Classical Humanities, Latin American Studies, and Linguistics are also offered. Courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian are available to interested students.

By achieving precise and effective communication in the languages of the world, the faculty share a connectedness with peoples of all walks of life and engage with a rich diversity of ideas, cultures, and political, social, and religious systems. We admire the aesthetic and intellectual achievements of these cultures while we also show compassion for their poor and needy. The study of the languages and literatures of the world enables us to better ourselves by becoming more globally aware and culturally sensitive, and it informs the way we think about ourselves as we fulfill our desires and responsibilities in civic and private spheres. We embrace the Ignatian vision of educating “men and women for others” by fostering inclusiveness both inside and outside the classroom.

Devoted to the Jesuit vision of cura personalis—concern for the individual student—we challenge students to achieve the full development of their individual talents and we foster their intellectual and spiritual growth. Consequently, as teachers and academic advisors we provide our students with personalized attention and sound guidance. No less committed to our research than to our teaching and advising, we are also active scholars, presenting our work in publications and at conferences in the United States and overseas. These scholarly pursuits go hand-in-hand with teaching, as our research interests and experiences abroad animate our courses.


Submissions from 2008

Red Lights and Yellow Lights: Informed Use of Online Translators, Jennifer D. Ewald

The Assumption of Participation in Small Group Work: An Investigation of L2 Teachers' and Learners' Expectations, Jennifer D. Ewald

"Arcadia 1690-1708: la partecipazione femminile e i suoi fondamenti", Paola Giuli

Literary Women and the 18th Roman Academies: Membership, Patronage, and Authorship, Paola Giuli

Women and/ in Italian Academies: Principles, Policies, and Practices, Paola Giuli

The Maternal Witness: Petrarch and Saint Monicaâ s Iconographic Legacy, Kristen Ina Grimes

Irony and Criticism in Jorge Alí­ Triana's 'Bolívar soy yo', Heather Renee Hennes

"Red Lights and Yellow Lights: Moving Toward and Informed Use of Online Resources", Heather Renee Hennes

Androtion, Maria S. Marsilio

Apollodoros of Lemnos, Maria S. Marsilio

Charetides of Paros, Maria S. Marsilio

Contributing to Companion: The Wedding of Scholarship and Pedagogy, Maria S. Marsilio

Hesiod of Askraia, Maria S. Marsilio

Kleidemos, Maria S. Marsilio

Leophanes, Maria S. Marsilio

Mendicancy and Competition in Catullus 23 and Martial 12, 32, Maria S. Marsilio

Mendicancy and Competition in Martial 12.32 and Catullus 23, Maria S. Marsilio

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Carmina 1.23, Maria S. Marsilio

Teaching with Films about Classical Antiquity: A Roundtable Discussion, Maria S. Marsilio

Choosing Spanish: Dual Language Immersion and Familial Ideologies, Elaine M. Shenk

Official English Legislation in the U.S.: The Function of Oppositional Discourses, Elaine M. Shenk

The Location of Agency and Identity in Children´s Discourse, Elaine M. Shenk

What Counts as Learning in a Two-Way Immersion Classroom?, Elaine M. Shenk

History and Memory: Post-1945 Trauma Revisited in Literary Texts, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Submissions from 2007

Review of RITA UNFER LUKOSCHIK ed., "Lettere di Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751-1796), orgaizzatrice culturale", Paola Giuli

Classics in Suburban Secondary Schools: A Roundtable, Maria S. Marsilio

Gaius Valerius Catullus, Carmina 27: Postumia, Maria S. Marsilio

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Caelio 33-34: Clodia Metelli, Maria S. Marsilio

New Lenses on Greek Literature, Maria S. Marsilio

Titus Livius: Ab Urbe Condita I.11.5-9: Tarpeia, Maria S. Marsilio

¡Háblale en español m´ijo, eres mexicano!: Language Choices and Familial Ideologies in the U.S. Midwest, Elaine M. Shenk

Language Economies and Familial Ideologies: Evolving Perspectives on Language Choice, Elaine M. Shenk

Submissions from 2006

An Analysis of Email Discourse: Windows into Student-Teacher Interaction, Jennifer D. Ewald

Students' Evaluations of Dialogue Journals: Perspectives On Classroom Themes, Jennifer D. Ewald

Poverty and Poetic Rivalry in Catullus (c. 23, 13, 16, 24, 81), Maria S. Marsilio

Rethinking Latin Pedagogy, Maria S. Marsilio

Review of "Kerstin Hensel", Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Revisiting History: Olga Tokarczuk's Polish-German View on 'House of Day, House of Night', Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Victims and Perpetrators: 1933-1945 and beyond, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Victims and Perpetrators: 1933-1945, (Re)Presenting the Past in Post-Unification Culture, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

What Authors of Literature Desire and What Politicians Do: Poland, Germany and the EU, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Submissions from 2005

Hamming It Up: Food and Humor in the Fabliaux, Kristin L. Burr

Nurturing Debate in Le Roman De Silence, Kristin L. Burr

Review of "Medieval Narratives of Accused Queens", Kristin L. Burr

Serving Up Love in Gliglois, Kristin L. Burr

Language-Related Episodes in an Assessment Context: A 'Small Group Quiz', Jennifer D. Ewald

Messages on the First Day: Exploring SL Teachers' Approaches, Jennifer D. Ewald

Echoes of Callimachus in Catullus 51, Maria S. Marsilio

Tribute to Henry Bender, Maria S. Marsilio

West Liberty, Iowa: Accommodation and Resistance in a Language Contact Community, Elaine M. Shenk

Albert Einstein, der populäre Bewohner vieler Welten (Trans. Albert Einstein: The Popular Citizen of Various Worlds), Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Attempts at (Re)Conciliation: Polish-German Relations in Literary Texts by Stefan Chwin, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Destination: Transnationale Perspektiven der Vergangenheit in Osteuropa (Trans. Transnational Perspectives of the Past in Eastern Europe), Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

German Post-Unification Thoughts: Young Authors, Young Memories, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Humor im deutschen Film? Kein Oxymoron in 'Good Bye, Lenin!' und 'Sonnenallée': Vorschläge für den DaF-Unterricht auf der Mittel- und Oberstufe, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Submissions from 2004

Infelicidades Conyugales en los Cuentos de Mercedes Abad, Concha Alborg

Literature and Science: A Bilateral View, Thomas L. Buckley

A Question of Honor: Eufeme's Transgressions, Kristin L. Burr

Brooches That Bind in Le Roman de la Rose ou de Guillaume de Dole, Kristin L. Burr

Eufeme's Crime(s), Kristin L. Burr

Review of "Aristocratic Life in Medieval France: The Romances of Jean Renart and Gerbert de Montreuil, 1190-1230", Kristin L. Burr

Review of "Le Roman de Tristan Suivi de La Folie Tristan de Berne et La Folie Tristan d'Oxford", Kristin L. Burr

The Art of Enchantment in Le Bel Inconnu, Kristin L. Burr

A Classroom Forum on Small Group Work: L2 Learners See, and Change, Themselves, Jennifer D. Ewald

La communicacion a traves del contenido: el arte y el drama en la clases de español (Communicating Through Content: Art and Drama in the Spanish Classroom), Jennifer D. Ewald

Second Language Students Reflect on Their Own Dialogue Journals, Jennifer D. Ewald

Student-Informed Teacher Reflection: Exploring 'Spanish 101' - Considering What My Students Think, Jennifer D. Ewald

The Assumption of Participation in Collaborative Contexts: The Convergence of Teachers' and Learners' Expectations, Jennifer D. Ewald

What I Learned from My Dentist About Language Teaching, Jennifer D. Ewald

El Santo Oficio de Leer a Giardinelli, Carmen Faccini

María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira en su 'Isla de los Cánticos', Carmen Faccini

Illuminating Classical Iconography, Maria S. Marsilio

Review of "Asclepiades of Samos and Loenidas of Tarentum: The Poems", Maria S. Marsilio

Review of "Hesiod's Cosmos", Maria S. Marsilio

'Alle Fantasie ernährt sich von der Realität' - Wladimir Kaminer und die interkulturelle deutsche Ethno-Szene, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

'Alle Fantasie ernährt sich von der Realitat' - Wladimir Kaminer und die interkulturelle deutsche Ethno-Szene (Trans. 'All Imagination Feeds on Reality' - Wladimir Kaminer and the Intercultural Ethno-Scene), Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

History Plus Memory: Young German Authors Writing about Eastern Europe, Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Kein Oxymoron: Humor im deutschen Film! - 'Good Bye to Lenin!' (Trans. No Oxymoron: Humor in German Film! - 'Good Bye, Lenin!'), Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Literarische Orientierungsbilder in Neuester Berlin-Prosa: Ausdruck Multikultureller Zugehörigkeit (Trans. Literary Images of Orientation in Recent Prose Literature on 'Berlin': Expressions of Ethnicity), Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

No Oxymoron: Humor in Recent German Films: 'Good bye, Lenin!' - 'Sonnenallee' - 'Erleuchtung Garantiert', Dagmar Wienroeder-Skinner

Submissions from 2003

Desavenencias Matrimoniales en los Cuentos de Mercedes Abad, Concha Alborg

Ester Tusquets Vuelve a Empezar: 'Correspondencia Privada', Concha Alborg

Burgerliche Kultur? The Nineteeth Century's Predominant Paradigm Revisted, Thomas L. Buckley

Literature and Science: The US and German Perspective, Thomas L. Buckley

A Classroom of Teachers: Student-Created Web Pages, Kristin L. Burr

A Model Knight: Gauvain in Wood and Cloth, Kristin L. Burr

Review of "De Chretien de Troyes au Tristan en Prose", Kristin L. Burr

Don Juan and Les Liaisons Dangereuses: From Gullible to Incredulous Reading, Robert R. Daniel

The July Monarch as Matrix: Pierre-Jules Hetzel and the B. D. Aesthetic, Robert R. Daniel

Therese Raquin et sa Preface de 1868: Declaration Scientifique, Praxis Symbolique, Robert R. Daniel

A New Perspective: Language Learning Anxiety in Upper-Level Classes, Jennifer D. Ewald

Animales, papelitos, tabu y dulces: Cómo integrar la gramatica, la linguistica, y el vocabulario (Animals, papers, taboo and candy: Integrating grammar, linguistics, and vocabulary, Jennifer D. Ewald

Incorporating Drama and Art in Beginning / Intermediate ESL Classes, Jennifer D. Ewald

Students' Stories of Teachers' Moral Influence in SL Classrooms: Exploring the Curricular Substructure, Jennifer D. Ewald

Verbos en presente: El dessarrollo de las cuatro destrezas en contextos colaborativos, Jennifer D. Ewald

Verbos en presente: El dessarrollo de las cuatro destrezas en contextos colaborativos, Jennifer D. Ewald

Aracdia and the Republic Letters: The Emergence of Italian Women Poet and Academician, Paola Giuli

Orality and Literary Authority: The Case of Eighteenth-Century Women Improvisers, Paola Giuli

Women Poets and Improvisers: Cultural Assumptions and Literary Values in Arcadia, Paola Giuli

Poverty and Poetic Rivalry in Catullus, Maria S. Marsilio