Saint Louis University

Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Saint Louis University. In addition to cultivating language proficiency, each of our programs explores both the literature and cultures of the language studied. For more information, click on our programs of study to the left.

For information on SLU's International Programs, click here.

Student Spotlight: Xiaoying "Lucie" Wang


Lucie was the 2015 Recipient of GSA annual Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

"I entered the graduate program in French with a Teaching Assistantship in 2013. Over two years, as a graduate student, I have attended interesting classes of various topics and gained a more profound knowledge of French language and literature. Last spring, I presented two papers at graduate student conferences. I also became GSA Representative and have been serving on the Events Committee of the department.

I have been very much inspired by my professors who have different personalities and teaching styles but all share their passion for French teaching and caring for students. I learned a lot from them and try to develop my own teaching philosophy.

As a teaching assistant, I have taught classes and labs in French 1010, 1020, provided tutoring to students at all levels and organized cultural activities. I enjoy working with students everyday. After four semesters' hard work, I completed the Certificate of University Teaching Skills at the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning with the help of my faculty mentor Dr. Cassandra Hamrick. Besides my training at SLU, I have also participated in French teaching workshops held by other organizations such as American Association of Teachers of French and the Centre Francophone.Teaching is tough but rewarding work, especially when my students make progress and share their enthusiasm for French culture and language learning. Having received this teaching award is a huge encouragement for me.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and resources provided by our department and faculty. After graduation, I will consider teaching as my career and promote foreign language learning. I hope that more and more people can realize that learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to the CV or handy for traveling. It will open our minds and make us embrace the whole world and its rich cultural diversity."

Faculty Spotlight: Amy Wright, Ph.D.


Amy E. Wright (Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2006) is a 2015-16 recipient of an Innovative Teaching Fellowship from SLU's Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning. Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literatures & Cultures. Her Spanish course in the Reinert Studio will culiminate in a student-led community performance of original work surrounding a collective reading of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez's 100 Años de Soledad: Performing Solitude in Community. The semester will consist of students' close reading of the text alongside virtual collaborations with Spanish-speaking artists and performers from Mexico, Spain, and the United States. 

Dr. Wright's current courses and research examines community / otherness in Latin American contexts, as well as the use of "writing-to-learn" techniques to increase community, fluency and enjoyment in the foreign language classroom. In addition to an article under review regarding writing-to-learn techniques in the second language classroom, Amy has published articles on 19th-century print culture (Latin American Literary Review, Revista Iberoamericana, and Siglo Diecinueve), as well as book chapters on 19th-century serialized literature (Vanderbilt UP, 2009) and nation-building prose (Cambridge UP, 2015) in Mexico. She is currently working on a book project that examines the early 19th-century Latin American serial novel's ambivalent relationship to European models and its deep connections to the incipient collective identity under development throughout the Independence and Nation-Building Period (1800-1880)




LLC Symposium: The department's annual symposium took place on March 28, 2015. Click here for detailed information on this event. 

Departmental News: Click here to see upcoming events and read the weekly newsletter of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  

Facebook: Click here to check out LLC's Facebook page. 

Confluence: A Romance Language Journal of Saint Louis University. Click here to see the most recent volume. 

Placement Exams can be taken in the Language Resource Center, Morrissey Hall 3200. Please contact Dr. Dan Nickolai ( / 314-977-3644) for more information. 


LLC Contact Information

Dr. Annie Smart
Department Chair




General Questions

Dr. Olga Arbeláez
Director of Spanish Graduate Program



Phone & Fax Numbers
tel. (314) 977-2450
fax (314) 977-1495

Dr. Jean-Louis Pautrot
Director of French Graduate Program



Mailing Address

MOR 1505
3700 Lindell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO