Critical to personal and professional success in today’s world is knowledge of international languages and cultures. A major or minor in Modern Languages and Literatures at Lehigh provides excellent preparation for any professional career in today’s global community. Our faculty members are both internationally active scholars and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to making each student’s experience unique.
Our department offers training in eight languages, courses in literature, culture, and film, as well as basic courses in international communication. Students can major or minor in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, and minor in Japanese and Russian. We also teach Arabic and Hebrew. We strongly encourage all our majors and minors to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities that Lehigh offers.
Increasingly, our language, literature, and culture courses are core courses in interdisciplinary Area Studies programs. These courses, taught either in the target language or in English, form the foundation of a number of established and newly emerging programs such as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Jewish Studies. The MLL department also contributes core courses to the Global Citizenship program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the interdisciplinary major in Global Studies.