Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures (CMLC)

Professors: K. M. Gatto, S. Casciani, G. Compton-Engle (Chair); Associate Professors: G. J. Sabo, S.J., E. Luengo, M. Pereszlenyi-Pinter, J. Karolle-Berg, L. Ferri, K. A. Ehrhardt, M. L. Thornton; Assistant Professor: K. Nakano

Language study helps students become more competent global citizens. Language courses at John Carroll University put students in direct interaction with authentic cultural materials created in other languages and increase their capacity to understand the perspectives of other people and cultures. When students communicate in another language, even at a basic level, they experience new modes of listening, speaking, and interpreting the expressions of others. Language study has always been part of Jesuit education, but now, at the beginning of the 21st century, increased global connectedness makes it all the more important that our students have experience communicating in languages other than English.

Consistent with the University’s mission, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures is committed to contributing to the development of students into responsible citizens of the world who excel in learning, leadership, and service. The department especially seeks to meet John Carroll’s Academic Learning Outcome #5, to graduate students who will “act competently in a global and diverse world.” The Department contributes to this academic learning outcome through its own learning goals. Consistent with best practices of second language acquisition, these three goals are sought at all levels of instruction:

  • Students can communicate skillfully and effectively in a language other than English, at a level commensurate with the language and program.
  • Students can demonstrate foundational cultural and linguistic knowledge of a target-language area.
  • Students can demonstrate emerging intercultural competence.

Courses in language study will actively involve the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses will also introduce students to cultural materials relevant to the area of language study.

The department offers majors and minors in Classical Languages (Latin, Ancient Greek), Classical Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and Italian Studies (self-designed major or minor), and a minor in German.

Courses are also available in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Slovak, and International Cultures. These programs have their own sections in the Bulletin. Students are invited to inquire about self-designed minors in these languages upon consultation with the individual language coordinators and the department chair. Permission of the associate dean of humanities is required.

The Classical Studies (CL) courses are taught in English. Additionally, the department offers International Cultures (IC) courses, all of which are taught in English translation. The IC courses in particular are aimed at providing a cross-cultural approach to understanding today’s multicultural world. They involve art, film, popular culture, historical perspectives, and literature. Many courses fulfill Division II and special designations (especially R, S, and L) in the outgoing University Core Curriculum, while others fulfill requirements in the new Integrative Core Curriculum.

Interdisciplinary majors and minors include East Asian Studies and Modern European Studies.