Carnegie Mellon University

Come experience the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish—and encountering the diverse cultures they represent!

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (LCAL) features award-winning faculty who are devoted, engaging teachers and internationally recognized scholars. Our research and teaching foster language learning, deepen cultural understanding through literary and cultural studies and highlight cutting-edge technology-enhanced learning. With internships and study abroad, transformative engagement with local communities, and inspiring co-curricular activities, LCAL inspires and educates the next generation of global thinkers and innovators.

Why Study Languages & Cultures?

Modern Language Students

Unique Courses

Over 50% of CMU students take a course in LCAL even though there is no university-wide language requirement (data from CMU, 2023)

Our Programs

9 Diverse Language Programs

We offer Arabic, Chinese, French & Francophone, German, Hispanic, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Russian Studies.

Opportunities Abroad

Opportunities Abroad

Explore and engage through researching, studying or teaching abroad.

mlrc-studentsNo prerequisites required.
No foreign language skills required.

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