Twelve Areas of Humanistic Inquiry and Exploration

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish, as well as minors in Chinese and Russian. Coursework in the department’s nine languages also plays a significant role in many interdisciplinary degree programs at Lafayette: Chinese and Japanese support the major and minor in Asian Studies; Russian language and literature are the backbone of the major in Russian & East European Studies; Greek and Latin are the foundation of the minor in Classical Civilization; Modern Hebrew is essential to the minor in Jewish Studies; Spanish is the mainstay of the minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. The department is also home to Comparative Literature, which offers a wide selection of courses taught in English and a minor in Literature in Translation.

Finally, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures provides its students the opportunity to study teaching methodology and Second-Language Acquisition.