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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 Studies

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An interdisciplinary minor that allows students to craft a coherent program with a focus on Asian Studies. This minor combines coursework from different departments, including language, history, politics, and religion. | More

European Studies

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The Certificate in European Studies is a multidisciplinary program focusing on the history, politics, and culture of Europe and the European Union. Students acquire advanced language proficiency in at least one European language and immerse themselves in European culture either through study abroad or an internship.. | More

Islamic World Studies

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Multidisciplinary minor and certificate programs that assemble courses into sub-concentrations that supplement undergraduate majors in the humanities and social sciences. Islamic World Studies focus on the Muslim world from the rise of Islam in late antiquity until today. | More

Latin American and Latino Studies Program

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A multidisciplinary program focused on understanding the Hispanic experience in the Americas, this program draws on the expertise of scholars at CUA in anthropology, arts, economics, history, modern languages, medieval studies, music, political science, sociology, and social work. | More

Spanish for Health Care

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A certificate program leading to competence in medical Spanish to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and families. This program develops your knowledge of critical and health care specific language, and culture sensitivity. | More

Summer Global Village

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A language and culture curriculum that provides a dynamic learning environment to help students acquire a new language or continue studying a language through small groups in an immersion setting that includes cultural activities on and off campus. | More

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

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PUBLICATIONS: 

  • Prof. Ferrando "Water in Milan. A Cultural History of the Naviglio." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (21.2, 2014): 1-21.
  • 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.

PRESENTATION:

  • 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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