The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) offers courses of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in French and Spanish. Academic minors are offered in American Sign Language, Chinese Language and Cultural Studies, French, and Spanish. Minor in Japanese Language and Cultural Studies is coming. Courses are offered also in English, Persian, Pashto, Dari, Vietnamese, Italian, German, Korean, and Tagalog. Students may utilize all languages and literatures offered in the department as part of a special major in various areas of study.
The department faculty come from a wide variety of national and academic backgrounds and have traveled extensively in the countries whose languages they are teaching. Professors have lectured and published extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Films, lectures, dramatic performances, potluck dinners, student clubs, and other activities provide the opportunities for students to interact with one another and with their professors.
Peter Boesch, originally for students of German (occasionally available for any language major).
The department presents lectures at the university and at Bay Area public libraries. It also keeps links with community colleges and high schools.
Joint projects are conducted with the Mexican Cultural Center in San Francisco, the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, and with various local and foreign universities.