With faculty representing almost 20 countries and speaking at least a dozen languages, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures creates a tangible plurilingual and multicultural environment. The Department includes seven Sections of study: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The Department encourages interdisciplinary approaches and pertinent special majors. Our courses balance traditional objects of study with emerging interdisciplinary projects on topics such as urban modernity, gender and sexuality, and media representations and manipulations of cultural values. Our curriculum engages the classics of world literature while also adapting to reflect the latest redefinitions and debates occurring within the Humanities. The linguistic knowledge students acquire in our courses enables them to speak and write confidently about texts and contexts, to go abroad and encounter the world and its residents in very different, more informed and meaningful ways. The faculty of the Department believe that the development of culturally nuanced communications competencies is the best way to prepare students to become engaged global citizens.