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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Students in Saint Louis University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures don’t just study language; beyond linguistic and intercultural competence, they gain an appreciation for art, politics, people and cultures around the world.

SLU's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has developed comprehensive curricula that fit easily into the study of humanities, as well as the social and natural sciences. And, if you pursue a double major in a modern or classical language, you will find you are better prepared for employment in a number of rewarding careers.


Students stand on a hillside overlooking a valley with terraced fields.
Students enjoying a beautiful hillside in China.

Degree Programs

Why Study Languages?

Studying languages can help you gain a broader understanding both yourself and the customs of others, an exceedingly important virtue in today's increasingly globalized world. In addition, language study helps develop analytical and synthetic reasoning, and provides a better understanding of your first language and of language in general.

Discover 10 Reasons Why

Beginning in Fall 2022, all incoming SLU undergraduates — regardless of major, program, college or school — will complete the University Core Curriculum. There are opportunities to fulfill core requirements by taking classes in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Learn About the SLU Core

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is to prepare our students to understand and to engage with cultures other than their own. In the process, students reflect upon themselves, their own language and culture and the richness of diversity, leading to greater intellectual, scholarly and spiritual maturity. Through its integration of language, literature and culture, both in its scholarship and its teaching, the department is unique among all components of the University.

Intercultural knowledge is of unprecedented value and is indispensable in today’s increasingly global environment. In carrying out its mission, the department contributes to the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person for the greater glory of God and for service to others.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures welcomes students to an experience of inclusion by bringing societies from every corner of the globe into the classroom. Our students emerge from our classes committed to building better societies in which cooperation with others enhances the collective human experience. The programs in the department teach students that holistic, global learning happens when it is informed by people who are unique and different from each other. To ensure such a learning environment, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures includes and accepts faculty and students that represent all human identities, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and ability.

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Gifts to Saint Louis University's Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures can be made online. Your generosity provides support for student scholarships and award opportunities, guest lectures, faculty research, and much more.

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