The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures helps students develop linguistic proficiency and cultural competency. In advanced courses, students gain an understanding of the literature, politics, history, and cultures of the world regions in which the target language is (or was) spoken.



We offer instruction in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. There also are two programs in translation: Classical Studies, and Comparative Literature. The Department also offers courses on Second-Language Acquisition.

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Language Placement

Not sure what level of language course you should take? Whether you've already started your education in another language or are just beginning, we can guide you.

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Faculty and Staff

Interested in a language? Have some questions? We're here for you.

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Located in historic Pardee Hall, our facilities include the full-service, multimedia Foreign Languages & Literatures Resource Center.

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Jeffrey Zimmer

Study Abroad

An academic year, semester, summer, or interim session? The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures encourages all students to immerse themselves in another culture and language.

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Contact Us

Sidney Donnell, Department Head
404 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5260

Markus Dubischar, Assistant Head
423 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5293

Joli Mellett, Department Secretary
410 Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5252

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Lafayette College
413 Pardee Hall
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 330-5252
(610) 330-5656 (fax)