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​The programs in Modern Languages seek to develop a student’s ability to speak, understand, read, and write another language and to foster an appreciation of its literature and civilization. The department regularly offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Linguistics, Russian, Spanish, and Translation and Interpreting.  

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Modern Languages offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
    -  Commercial French Concentration
    -  Standard Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
    -  Commercial German Concentration
    -  German Language and Literature Concentration
    -  German Studies Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian
    -  Commercial Italian Concentration
    -  Italian Language and Literature Concentration
    -  Italian Studies Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Students begin the major, which consists of advanced courses at the 200- and 300-levels, upon completion of elementary and intermediate courses (100-level courses) or successful placement testing.  

Minors are available in:

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic Studies
  • Chinese Language
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies 
  • Commercial Chinese Studies
  • Commercial French
  • Commercial Spanish
  • French
  • French Translation
  • German
  • German Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Polish
  • Russian Language
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Linguistics
  • Spanish Translation

Certificate Programs

The Department of Modern Languages offers the following certificate programs:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Albanian and Southeastern European Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies

Combined Degree Programs

The Department of Modern Languages offers the following combined degree programs: 

  • DePaul undergraduate degree + Arabic MA
  • 3+3 Arabic Studies (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + Chinese MA
  • 3+3 Chinese Studies (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + French MA
  • 3+3 French (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + German MA
  • 3+3 German (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + Italian MA
  • 3+3 Italian (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + Japanese MA
  • 3+3 Japanese Studies (BA+JD)
  • DePaul undergraduate degree + Spanish MA
  • 3+3 Spanish (BA+JD)

Graduate Programs

The Department of Modern Languages offers the following graduate programs: 

  • Master of Arts in Arabic
  • Master of Arts in Chinese
  • Master of Arts in French
  • Master of Arts in German
  • Master of Arts in Italian
  • Master of Arts in Japanese
  • Master of Arts in Spanish

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in DePaul’s Study Abroad Programs in Austria (Vienna), China (Shanghai), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin), Greece (Athens), Italy (Rome), Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, or Tokyo), Jordan (Amman), Mexico (Merida or Mexico City), Poland (Auschwitz, Krakow, Lublin, Warsaw, and Wroclaw), Spain (Madrid), and other locations. Consult the Study Abroad Office for current offerings.

Faculty

Anna Souchuk, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Yale University

Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, PhD
Associate Professor
Florida State University

Carolina Barrera-Tobón, PhD
Associate Professor
City University of New York

Pascale-Anne Brault, PhD
Professor
New York University

Glen E. Carman, PhD
Associate Professor
Cornell University

Gary P. Cestaro, PhD
Associate Professor
Harvard University

Nobuko Chikamatsu, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dana Demeter, MA
Instructor
Gallaudet University

Rocío Ferreira, PhD
Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Bradley Hoot, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Li Jin, PhD
Associate Professor
University of South Florida

Guillemette C. Johnston, PhD
Professor
University of California, Davis

Gazmend Kapllani, PhD
Hidai "Eddie" Bregu Visiting Chair for Albanian Studies
Panteion University

Jacqueline Lazú, PhD
Associate Professor
Stanford University

Polly Mangerson, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia at Athens

Susana Martínez, PhD
Associate Professor
Yale University

Caterina Mongiat-Farina, PhD
Associate Professor
Harvard University

Clara E. Orban, PhD
Professor
University of Chicago

María Luisa Ortega Hernández, PhD
Senior Professional Lecturer
University of Pennsylvania

Eugene Sampson, MFA
Senior Professional Lecturer
University of Iowa

Elias Shakkour, MA
Director, Translator & Interpreter Corps
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Middlebury College

Lisbeth Swain, PhD
Senior Professional Lecturer
Florida State University

Jennifer Whitelaw, MA
Professional Lecturer
Miami University of Ohio