"To learn a foreign language is to acquire a second soul" - Charlemagne
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures houses and coordinates five different
We offer an academically challenging and energetic course of studies in German language, literature and culture. Those who learn German gain access to an important intellectual, economic and culturally
historic area of Central Europe.
The Italian language
is not only a means of communication, but it also expresses the soul of a people,
its roots, its history, its culture. In the modern world where globalization tends
to level and homogenize different cultures, it is vital to keep alive, through the
study of the Italian language, a culture that has always played a prominent role in
the Western culture.
UD's Spanish Program
celebrates the splendor of the Hispanic World, of Hispanidad
, concentrating on the grand, the heroic, the poetic, the creative, the artistic,
the holy, the stoic and other admirable facets of the legacy and contemporary reality
of Spain and Spanish America. The Program also offers an interdisciplinary approach
through courses in Spanish language, literature, history, linguistics, and art history.
Finally, the courses examine the tension between the unity and the rich diversity
within the Hispanic world.
Comparative Literary Traditions
Comparative Literature is dedicated to the study of literature
in the broadest possible framework – interlinguistic, intercultural, and interdisciplinary.
Defined broadly, it is the study of "literature without walls." So it’s about making
comparisons and connections between all sorts of literary and cultural realism. For
details on our major programs in French, German, Spanish, and Comparative Literary
Traditions, click on the above links.
It is also possible to "concentrate" (i.e., minor) in a French, German, Italian, or
Spanish in combination with any major. Alternatively, you can complete a Language-and-Literature
Unit in French, German, or Spanish in combination with any major.
Please explore the links above. In particular, if you are a high school student, check
out the departmental language scholarships, for which you may be eligible.
Contact person for Modern Languages: Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt, Chair.
2012 Courses Taught In English (and Open to All): go to CLT Courses
"Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen." "Apprendre une
langue, c'est vivre de nouveau." "Cada palabra tiene un alma."