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Exploring people, cultures and languages

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Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Here we hope to provide you with useful information about our department and programs. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Our mission 

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is deeply committed to the conviction that the study of foreign language expands the outlook and interests of the educated citizen. By providing insight into the social and intellectual life of other peoples, language study fosters humanistic attitudes and cultivates a spirit of tolerance and understanding. 


Studying language and culture for the core curriculum

University of St. Thomas students, from all undergraduate disciplines, study foreign languages as part of the core curriculum.  The university requires the equivalent of the first three semesters of one foreign language to fulfill the Language and Culture core. After satisfying the core requirement, many students decide to pursue a major or minor in a foreign language. 


Our programs

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers majors and minors in Classical Languages, French, German, Latin and Spanish. We also offer minors in Ancient Greek and Japanese and have beginning and intermediate language programs in Arabic, Chinese, Irish Gaelic and Italian.



Our department includes 30 full-time and part-time faculty members from different parts of the globe. In addition to teaching language, we engage in different avenues of research related to literature, film, culture, linguistics, foreign language teaching and technology.


Majoring and minoring in a foreign language

There are many personal and professional benefits to studying a foreign language. As cliché as it may sound, learning another language is truly a way of opening doors to other cultures and expanding our worldview.

Professionally there are many benefits to knowing a foreign language. Speaking two or more languages can lead to higher salaries and more job opportunities, whether it be working abroad, traveling internationally or communicating with people from other countries. Overall speaking a language other than English equips you with a valuable skill that not everybody possesses.    

From the Newsroom

J-Term Program Takes Tommies to Cuba; First Time in 10 Years

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:01:37 +0000 by: Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A. by: author

Last month Dr. Don Miller and Dr. Sonia Rey-Montejo of St. Thomas' Modern and Classical Languages Department and 18 St. Thomas students took to Cuba, St. Thomas' first foray to Cuba in a decade.

Please Remember Richard Raschio in Your Prayers

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:48:29 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

Raschio was a long-time professor of Spanish in the Modern and Classical Languages Department.

UST to Offer Classes in Chinese, Irish Gaelic Languages This Fall

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:32:18 +0000 by: Modern and Classical Languages by: author

The Modern and Classical Languages Department announces that Elementary Chinese I will be offered for the first time at St. Thomas. Spoken Modern Irish Gaelic I also will be offered.

‘Justice for My Sister,’ a Film About ‘Femicide’ in Guatemala, Will be Shown Here April 15

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:32:28 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

The film’s director and producer, Kimberly Bautista, will join in a discussion following the film.

Three Faculty Earn Tenure; 11 Faculty Earn Tenure With Promotion

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:32:12 +0000 by: Dr. Susan Huber, Executive vice president and chief academic officer by: author

Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer, announces the faculty members who have been granted tenure or tenure with promotion.