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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



Award-Winning Poet Yu Xinqiao

Born in Fujian and raised in Zhejiang, Yu Xinqiao is one of the most popular and important poets in China today. Yu Xinqiao is a leader in the political fight for freedom. His poems have served as his media for criticism of government policies and political injustices.


Contemporary Artist Han Dai-Yun

LMU Professor Han Dai-Yu is an internationally acclaimed artist. Combining Western and traditional Chinese art and culture, he developed and instituted a Chinese ComprehensiveArt program for the China Academy of Art.

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 Professor Han Dai-Yu's Art is on view from April 22-29, 2016 at University Hall Modern Languages and Literatures Village suite 3900


Student Spotlight:

Congratulations to our 2016 inductees of LMU's Spanish, Italian and French honor societies!

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

José Chávez, Natasha Gunasekara, Sierra Hegle, Victoria Hernandez, Alexander Napíor, Cassandra Rodriguez, Alana Slavin, Sara Tiscareno-Kennedy

Faculty: Rebecca Acevedo, José I. Badenes, S.J.,

Alicia Partnoy, Antonia Petro

Alumna: Leticia Duenas, Juliana Zapata

Spanish Honor Society Pictures 2016

The Italian Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha,

motto: “Knowledge and Virtue.”

Spencer Lontok

Faculty: Paola Moscarelli, Aine O'Healy

The National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi chapter Epsilon Omega:

Sofia Abrate, *Tara Rodriguez, Yasaman Tehrani, Clementine Todorov, Candace Williams, Maria Blanc Zoco

Faculty: Véronique Flambard-Weisbart, Marc Lony

*Not pictured

French and Italian Honor Society Pictures 2016 


Congratulations Fulbright Winner 2016 and recipient of the departmental award for Academic Achievement in Spanish and Service

Alana Slavin (Spanish & Economics, BA, 2016) puts her knowledge of Spanish language and Latino culture at work volunteering hundreds of hours at Venice Family Clinic. She is a finalist for a Fulbright Study/Research grant to the Netherlands, to pursue her Masters in Economics with emphases in Public Policy and Global Challenges at VU University in Amsterdam.

Alana has served as co-President of Lions for VFC, and as President and founder of the LMU Health and Social Justice Club. She was a Finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2015.

After her MA, Alana aspires to study medicine to more effectively address inequities in healthcare provision in the United States.


Alumni Spotlight: 

Melissa Zeiher (BA Spanish ‘09-MA Bilingual Education ‘12), is soon leaving to Argentina for a FulbrightEnglish Teaching Assistantship . She will spend nine months  teaching English at the University of San Juan, and volunteering with a human rights organization.

Melissa has been teaching AP and Honors Spanish at El Segundo High School since 2010, led a high school study abroad program in Spain, scored AP exams, was an instructor at Pepperdine, and conducted interviews in Argentina as a translator for the documentary Circle of Poison.




Beatriz Alfaro (BA Women's Studies and Spanish ’13)

Beatriz Alfaro ’13 has a passion for public service. Currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the U.C. Davis School of Law, Alfaro earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in both Women’s Studies and Spanish in 2013. It’s an undergraduate foundation she says has uniquely prepared her for her current studies […]

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Faculty Spotlight:


Introducing our Fulbright Teaching Assistant:

Ning Guan is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at LMU, working with the Chinese program. She obtained both her bachelor’s degree in English Languages and Literatures and master’s degree in American Literature from Heilongjiang University in China. She has been teaching English at Harbin University of Science and Technology in Heilongjiang Province, China for three years. Her academic interests lie in approaching American novels through Literary Ethics Criticism and second-language teaching.

Check out this article about Ning Guan in the Loyolan!




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