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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures

Languages & Literatures Department

Expand your world with us!

In our interconnected world, bilingualism has clear advantages: you can build relationships with people around the world, travel with ease, or read books and watch movies in their original languages. Your bilingualism might even help you get your dream job.

When you study with the Department of Languages and Literatures, you will have those opportunities and so much more. Discover new cultures and histories. Experience music, art and timeless literature. Find modern-day relevance in your studies—open up your world!


The Department of Languages and Literatures at DU offers ten language programs, including five undergraduate majors and eight minors.

The department prides itself on the immersive experience it offers students, including:

  • Small, interactive classes
  • Accomplished and accessible instructors from a dozen countries abroad
  • Study abroad opportunities around the globe
  • Partnership with DU's Center for World Languages and Cultures
  • Independent study and collaboration with our faculty
  • Internship and service learning
  • Exposure to classical and modern literature, as well as other arts
  • In-depth analysis of social and cultural issues
  • Fun and engaging co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

Many Languages: one du initiative

Every year, the Department of Languages & Literatures (L&L) teaches first-year language classes that satisfy the FOLA graduation requirement for virtually the entire incoming class of students at DU. Since the faculty, students and staff of L&L believe in the critical importance of learning languages for intercultural competency, L&L has undertaken the Many Languages: One DU Initiative as a pilot program for AY17-18.

Its purpose is to guide you in recognizing and articulating the collective experience that you and your cohort will share over the span of your first year at DU. You will experience the world through the lens of an acquired language, and understand other cultures as well as your own from a position that is different from your primary language and cultural identification.  We believe that the linguistic contribution to intercultural competency – that is to say, understanding another culture "in the language of that culture" and not just through the translations and perspectives of our own native language and culture – is integral to achieving our personal, social and professional success in a multi-cultural and global future.