Undergraduate Studies-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Modern Languages offers undergraduate majors and minors in Chinese Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Japanese Studies, and Russian Studies. Students not pursuing a major or minor in our department may earn a Language and Culture Certificate in the aforementioned languages with the additions of Arabic and Italian.

Classroom and Online Learning

We offer Modern Languages students a rich variety of learning environments. Our award-winning faculty provide unparalleled classroom instruction from beginning level through the advanced. Students can also enroll in online classes in Chinese, Spanish and French. Our Modern Language Resource Center also offers a wide range of leading edge learning technologies.

Study Abroad

To compliment and enhance the academic experience, the Department of Modern Languages strongly encourages students to participate in some type of study abroad program, whether it be for academics, research, or internship.

Students in Modern Languages will achieve the following goals:

  • Enhance knowledge and appreciation of the values, traditions, and cultural history of the peoples who speak the target language studied and promote intercultural understanding in an increasingly interdependent world.
  • Build competence in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language through linking language learning with literary and cultural studies.
  • Develop research, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills through cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, and comparative historical analysis.
  • Develop independent learning skills and enthusiasm for the field through experience abroad in programs of study, research, and internships.

In the classroom, emphasis is on student-centered, interactive learning, often involving exchange in pairs or small groups. Students work to improve expression and use the language creatively as they employ a wide variety of level-appropriate authentic materials and technological tools which could include textbooks, literary works, and nonliterary resources such as newspapers, magazines, historical documents, art, music, and materials located on the internet.

Studying foreign languages and their cultures is not only desirable but also essential for understanding our complex global world. In addition to being enriching and gratifying, multilingual proficiency can lead to a variety of rewarding careers.