The intellectual mission of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures combines the study of foreign languages, literatures and cultures within specific national traditions with the investigation of literary and cultural theory and practice across national and disciplinary boundaries. International by definition, MLC offers beginning and advanced language instruction in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, advanced coursework in literature, culture and comparative literature, and instruction in Chinese language. The Department also houses the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Program. faculty and students examine cultural productions including the "Great Books," popular film, visual art and nonliterary texts in relation to their historical contexts and with a view toward questioning traditional assumptions about gender, ethnicity and nationality.
The teaching and research expertise of MLC faculty supports interdepartmental links to programs in Film Studies, History, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women's Studies, Visual and Cultural Studies, and the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. Each year the Department brings in a number of nationally and internationally known scholars for public lectures and seminars. Summer programs in France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the on-location fall semester program in Arezzo, Italy provide our students with study abroad opportunities that are closely integrated with our undergraduate majors and minors. Multim.edia resources to serve our programs are located in the College's Multimedia Center in Rush Rhees Library.
The Certificate in Literary Translation Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the humanities that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study the theory and practice of literary translation.
Our MLC Undergraduate Council's Mission Statement:
Our mission is to celebrate the diverse cultural and linguistic differences we experience in the world. Through experiences on campus, off campus, in America, and abroad we hope to cultivate interest, understanding, enthusiasm, appreciation, and above all acceptance of each country's uniqueness in our members, in the student body, and in ourselves.
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