The Catholic University of America

   Modern Languages-Chinese Class

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

There are many reasons to study other languages and cultures. By studying literary and cultural values, both past and present, we gain important insights into ourselves and others that enable us to confront the intellectual, social, and political challenges of the future. From a purely practical standpoint, knowledge of languages and cultures will provide a competitive edge in the increasingly globalized and complex workplace of the 21st century.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUA is a dynamic community of teacher-scholars with widely varying backgrounds (Arabic, Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish, French, American, Latin-American, etc.), interests, and theoretical approaches. While remaining grounded in a broadly humanistic tradition of intellectual inquiry and scholarship, we are committed to opening a dialogue with other disciplines--including CUA programs such as Philosophy, Media Studies, History, Comparative Literature, Semitic Languages and Literatures, Classics, and Medieval Studies--and with the consortium and intellectual community at large. In our classrooms and research, we thus seek to combine a solid foundation in national literatures with the interdisciplinary pursuit of new fields of investigation.


Asian StudiesAsian Studies

European StudiesEuropean Studies

Islamic World Studies Islamic World Studies

Spanish for Health Care Certificate ProgramSpanish for Health Care 

Global Village 2014


AWARDS:                                                                                  All Highlights

Professor Damiani Joins Royal Order 


  • Prof. García-Donoso: "Visiones del absoluto en Jorge Luis Borges y Javier Marías: 'Funes el memorioso' y 'Cuando fui mortal.'" Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48 (2014): 75-94.
    Prof. Peter Shoemaker: " 'Les postures de ma fortune': le page et ses maîtres," in Lectures de Tristan l'Hermite, ed. Mathilde Bombart, Rennes: Presses Universitaire de Rennes, 2014.


  • Prof. Daniel García-Donoso, "Building the Soul of the City in Rafael Chirbes' Crematorio." ACLA 2014 Meeting, New York, NY. March 20-23, 2014.
    Prof. Daniel García-Donoso, “Experimenting with Religion in a Post-Religious Time: Gonzalo Torrente Ballester and Camilo José Cela in Perspective”. 129th MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. January 9-12, 2014.

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