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Modern Languages & Literatures


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers B.A programs in French, Modern Languages and Spanish. Our students minor in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Additionally they can take Japanese classes.  Aiming for language proficiency, our professors teach to speak, understand, write, and analyze languages, while familiarizing students with the historical evolution of literature and the arts.

Our programs encourage and advise students to embark in study abroad experiences, research, extracurricular activities, community-based learning opportunities and to engage in functional and global simulations.  By learning important aspects of the cultures where those languages are spoken, they acquire intercultural awareness. In consonance with LMU’s mission, our classes provide students the tools to foster transcultural understanding as the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.


News and Announcements

Congratulations to our new inductees of LMU's Spanish, Italian and French honor societies!

Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispana, capítulo Iota Rho de Sigma Delta Pi:

Katherine Boyd, Genevieve Guerra, Yun Hee Na, Ryan Nielsen, Carolina Nuñez, Ashley Rodriguez, Santiago Villegas, Juliana Zapata Acosta


Rebecca Acevedo, José I. Badenes SJ, Mónica Cabrera, Alicia Partnoy, Antonia Petro

The Italian Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha:

Jacqueline Garcia, José Jara, Connor O'Callaghan Gould, Giotta Silveus, Riley Tacchino


Paola Moscarelli, Aine O'Healy, Bruno Rota 

The National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi:

Zachary Asdourian, *Roshan Berentes, Vishal Bhula, Nick de Bonfilhs, *Elizabeth Brewer, Giotta Silveus


Dominique Isner-Ball, Véronique Flambard-Weisbart, Marc Lony

*Not pictured


Student Spotlight:

Congratulations to Juliana Zapata Acosta ('15), recipient of the departmental award for Academic Achievement in Spanish and Service for 2015.

In recognition and appreciation of Emanuel Di Stasio ('16), congratulations on receiving the departmental Outstanding Student Employee Award for 2015.

Lara Maria Dobson ('15) Sociology major and German minor​ was awarded the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Public Diplomacy Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Congress & German Bundestag.

Lara will receive a full scholarship for an academic year living and studying in Germany. She will conduct an internship in public health, her field of choice.


Conrad Lester Memorial Scholarship Awardees:


Alumni Spotlight:

Ali Nourikbash (’03) on the cover of the March 2015 Issue of Newport Beach Lifestyle

Ali Nourikbash (’03) - Graduated with Spanish and English Majors, Dance Minor - has his story featured in Lifestyle Magazine!

Watch an amazing TedTalk where he teaches us the most important language!

To read the full article:


German Program Fulbright Awardees:

Many of these fifteen award recipients had never studied German before entering our program. The proficiency they gained at LMU helped them obtain the prestigious Fulbright award.

Click here for LMU's German Fulbright scholars list.


Faculty Spotlight:


Alicia Partnoy Honored With First Annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize

We are proud to announce that Alicia Partnoy is the recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize for her collection of poems Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales translated by the poet Gail Wronsky. The book is scheduled for publication in November. Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” Following her released from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979.

For more information and to read the full article click here.


Introducing our Fulbright Teaching Assistant:

‌Jing Chen is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at LMU, working with the Chinese program. She obtained her double-bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and her master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University. She has been teaching English in Southwest Petroleum University in Sichuan Province China for five years. Her academic interests lie in applying Systemic Functional Grammar to translation, writing and second-language teaching.


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