Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Programs

Our programs and educators offer invaluable experience that allows students to explore, engage, and connect with the richly diverse cultures of the world.

Students not pursuing a major or minor in our department may earn a Language and Culture Certificate in the aforementioned languages.

Students in Modern Languages will achieve the following goals:


Build competence in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language by linking language learning with literary and cultural studies


Enhance knowledge and appreciation of the values, traditions, and cultural history of the peoples who speak the target language studied


Develop independent learning skills and enthusiasm for the field through research, study, and internships abroad


Gain and promote intercultural understanding in an increasingly interdependent world


Develop research, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills through cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, and comparative historical analysis