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New Chinese Minor!

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the newly launched Chinese minor. This program focuses on improving proficiency in Chinese language and introducing Chinese literature and culture to prepare for leadership in today’s increasingly multilingual and globalizing world. It will particularly benefit students who are interested in business, government, diplomacy, education, law, technology, tourism, journalism, medicine, and other fields.

Welcome Dr. Heidi Brown!


The Department of Modern Languages and Literature is pleased to welcome Dr. Heidi Brown as our new Assistant Professor of French. 

Student Events


Here are  a couple photos from the International Festival on November 7, 2014.

Congratulations Professor Morgan!

Leslie Zarker Morgan is the recipient of the Bernard Nachbar Award at the Honors Convocation on September 27, 2013. She poses with Ramon Espejo-Saavedra, Interim Chair of the Department.  The Bernard Nachbahr Award is given annually to a faculty member for outstanding contributions to the Humanities and dedication to the life of the mind. Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Leslie has not only made fundamental contributions to the field of Medieval Studies, but has also been instrumental in the development of several programs here at Loyola, among them the Italian Studies and the Medieval Studies programs. Her research continues to be at the forefront of scholarship in her field, as is demonstrated by the recent award of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a multi-year project involving a group of international scholars of Medieval literature.  To read more about Dr. Morgan's NEH grant, click here.

Professor Margaret Haggstrom
Professor Margaret Haggstrom

Dr. Margaret Haggstrom, Associate Professor of French, and Associate Chair for Student Issues of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received the post-secondary AATF DOROTHY S. LUDWIG EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS. This national award from the American Association of Teachers of French is awarded to only one college or university French professor in the United States and Canada, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is honored with Dr. Haggstrom’s receipt of this year’s award.  

Dr. Haggstrom does research in the area of foreign language pedagogy and has had articles published in journals such as The French Review, ADFL, Foreign Language Annals, and the Canadian Modern Language Review. She was first author of Portes ouvertes, a first-year college French program published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Along with four coauthors, she is currently completing a first- and second-year comprehensive college French program to be published by Pearson in 2013 to be titled A plus! première année and A plus! deuxième année. Her favorite course to teach: first semester French!

Relay for Life

Relay for Life

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Modern Languages and Literatures' Polyglots raised hundreds of dollars through donations and healthy food and drink sales the night of the Relay for Life event. This year, our department has raised the bar and is dedicated to our goal of raising a minimum of $1,000! Stay tuned for dates of Fall and Spring fundraisers as the Polyglots continue to support our cause!

Madame Catherine Savell's Blog

 Follow Madame Catherine Savell's relief effort in Haiti through her blog

 Madame Catherine Savell

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers programs of study in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

As part of its commitment to a broad-based, liberal-arts education, Loyola requires all students, regardless of their major, to demonstrate proficiency in a modern or classical foreign language at the intermediate college level, or higher. Depending on how high students place on their placement exam, anywhere from 1-4 language courses will be needed to fulfill Loyola's basic language requirement.  

The department offers majors and minors in Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies, as well as affiliate minors in Italian and Latin American and Latino Studies.

Got questions?  E-mail your questions to us at askMLL@loyola.edu

*Just approved in February 2014 is our new Chinese minor.  Please see our curriculum page for more information.  Questions? Contact Professor Jinghua Wangling.*

Students who need forms signed should leave them with Natalie Rock in MH 454.  She will make sure they get signed and will then contact the student.

Fall 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

Chinese - Miley Lott
French - Hallie Stacho
Italian - Jessica D'Angelo
Japanese - Jakob Gorski
Spanish - Sydney Schildnecht

Spring 2015 Essay Contest Winners

Intermediate Chinese - Timothy Spillane
Advanced Chinese - Joey Ho
Advanced French - Olivia Earenfight
Intermediate Italian - Michael DiBianca
Intermediate Spanish - Stephanie Hakeem
Advanced Spanish - Sydney Generoso

Congratulations to all our winners!!!


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