Modern Languages & Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Majors are offered in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Studies in World Literatures. Minors are offered in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Russian.

Because fluency develops with consistent exposure and practice, students complement their classroom studies by taking advantage of small group practice with native foreign language assistants, weekly language tables, language clubs, honor societies, film series, lectures, and cultural outings.  Another level of learning takes place in the College’s state-of-the-art Multimedia Resource Center, where students benefit from a wide variety of instructional videos, tapes, and interactive CD-ROM programs.

Studying languages at Holy Cross takes place both in the classroom and beyond. All students are encouraged to avail themselves of study abroad and study away opportunities for cultural and language immersion.





Chair: Sylvia Schmitz-Burgard
Phone: (508) 793-3305
Fax: (508) 793-3708


Administrative Assistant: Carolyn Leeman
Phone: (508) 793-2447
Fax: (508) 793-3708