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East Asian Languages and Cultures / French and Italian / Germanic Studies / Middle Eastern Studies / Russian / Second Language AcquisitionSpanish and Portuguese  / Center for East Asian Studies / Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

East Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages combines the strengths of three programs, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, offering a BA in Chinese, a BA in Japanese, and minors in all three languages and cultures, as well as potential for research and teaching collaboration across programs. 

Chinese Program     Japanese Program     Korean Program 


French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian, which offers a BA in French Language and Literature, a BA in Italian Studies, a Minor in French Studies, a Minor in Italian Studies, a PhD in Modern French Studies, and an MA in French Language and Literature, is also a contributing unit to the BA in Romance Languages.  Its Education Abroad lineage is long and deep, and students are encouraged to make use of all the resources the Capital area provides.

French Program     Italian Program     Romance Languages Program


Germanic Studies

The Germanic Studies Department offers a BA in Germanic Studies, a Minor in German Language, Literature, and Culture, and an MA and PhD in German Literature and Language, as well as Education Abroad programs.

Germanic Studies Program


Middle Eastern Studies

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers a BA in Arabic Studies, a BA in Persian Studies, a Minor in Arabic, and Minor in Hebrew, a Minor in Persian Studies, a Flagship Program in Arabic, and a Flagship Program in Persian, as well as Education Abroad programs. It is the home of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies.

Arabic Program     Hebrew Program     Persian Program



The Department of Russian offers a BA in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture and a Minor in Russian Studies, as well as opportunities to study abroad.  The major and most classes are small, and students enjoy a high degree of faculty-student interaction. The current faculty are well-known in Russian literature, culture, film and language curriculum and design, and include the authors of the popular textbook series Russian in Stages.

Russian Program


Second Language Acquisition

The Program in SLA (PhD, MA, Certificate) has a strong cognitive science and research focus for students working in languages other than English. There are four areas of specialization: second language learning, second language instruction, second language assessment, and second language use. The program draws upon the expertise of a distinguished cadre of faculty in the SLLC, and in affiliate departments such as Linguistics; Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation; Hearing and Speech; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; and Curriculum and Instruction.

Second Language Acquisition Program


Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a Phd and MA in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, including an MA track in Hispanic Applied Linguistics, a BA in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Cultures, courses toward the BA in Romance Languages, a Minor in Spanish Language and Cultures, a Minor in Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures, and a Minor in Portuguese Language, Literatures, and Cultures, as well as opportunities for study abroad, community involvement, internships, and professional training. 

Spanish Program     Portuguese Program     Romance Languages Program


Center for East Asian Studies

Originally founded in 1969 as the interdisciplinary Committee on East Asian Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) is made up of faculty, staff, students, library personnel and others with academic, professional, and personal interest in the region of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). Supported by the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Center's goal is to expand the University's East Asian curriculum, library resources, and teaching materials. In addition to administering the undergraduate Certificate Program in East Asian Studies, the Center provides information on courses and public events and presents lectures, creative performances and exhibitions, scholarly conferences, and film series for the University and larger community. The Center also engages in fund raising for library resources, staff expansion, outreach programs, non-print teaching materials, and student scholarships and internships.


Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

Established in fall 2004, the Institute aspires to be the premier venue for the study and appreciation of Persian culture in the United States.  The Roshan Institute seeks to provide stimulating course offerings and programs in Persian language, literature, history, and culture; foster communication and community ties among people of Persian heritage and those interested in Persian cultural heritage; and serve as a model for encouraging intercultural communication among people of varying backgrounds.