Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLAC) at Marquette University! 

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The Future is Now

By learning languages, literatures, and cultures, you will:
• Empower yourself, expand your community, explore the world.
• Consider how identities are forged and negotiated through language & representation.
• Analyze how societies create otherness to reflect their own values.
• Examine power structures to question them.
• Uncover linguistic and cultural hierarchies to promote justice.
• Challenge class, gender, and racial inequities to foster inclusivity.


Languages Offered at Marquette

We offer courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish through which students can meet the foreign language curriculum requirement in Arts and Sciences and other colleges. Learn more

Our Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary programs utilize the skills from a variety of disciplines to understand and resolve complex issues. Learn more

Why Languages? We Respond

In this video, LLAC Faculty explain why studying languages is important and necessary.

Example of Arabic language

Learn about Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), our new major/minor program!

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Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Watson, whose forthcoming co-translation, with Jonathan Franzen, of The Short End of the Sonnenallee by Thomas Brussig has been highlighted on a list of notable German books to read about Berlin’s history (New York Times, July 6)

Cobgratulations to Dr. Giordana Poggioli Kaftan, whose article "Resisting the Mafia's Oppression through Children's Literature" has been accepted without revisions for publication in Forum Italicum.

Congratuations to Dr. Enaya Othman for her article "Palestinian American Women’s Marriages within and Beyond Borders" published by Duke University Press in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies.

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Vanderheyden, who spoke to MU alumni at an online "Beyond the Classroom" event about the importance of the Joan of Arc Chapel for her research and for our French program and Honors Club. Dr. Vanderheyden's part starts at about minute 44.

Congratulations to the following faculty members who were awarded the Robert and Mary Gettel Grant for their research: Drs. Abel Arango, Dinorah Cortés-Vélez, and Todd Hernandez.

  • Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez and Dr. Enaya Othman were awarded a Faculty Mission Integration Fellowship by the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Dr. Jen Li-Ko was awarded a STARTALK grant from NSA for $195,000 for a 2023 summer camp for computer-assisted Chinese studies, involving an array of faculty from Marquette and the Milwaukee community. 

Dr. Enaya Othman was editor of the conference proceedings book for the Disability and the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender and Health conference which just got published. If you are interested in reading some of the papers presented at the conference, please visit this page. 

Find out more about our faculty's recent publications and accomplishments!  

Congrats to Dr. Sergio González, whose new edited collection just came out from NYU Press: Faith and Power Latino Religious Politics Since 1945 Edited by Felipe Hinojosa, Maggie Elmore and Sergio M. González https://nyupress.org/9781479804528/faith-and-power/

Dr. Tara Daly was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and the American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant for her project, Back to the Future: Bartolina Sisa (d. 1782) and Living Indigenous Archives in Modern Day Bolivia. 

Congratulations to Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova for receiving the 2022 Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Excellence in Research--the University's highest research recognition. Dr. Afinoguénova is only the third woman and one of the very few humanists receiving this award at Marquette. https://www.marquette.edu/innovation/haggerty-research-excellence-award.php 

Dr. Scott Dale was invited to participate in the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Showcasing the Humanities lecture series which aims to present the work of humanities experts from Marquette University. Dr. Dale’s lecture was entitled “The Innovative Spanish Enlightenment” and centered on promoting the understanding of the innovative literary and cultural contributions of 18th-century Spain.


Student Events

April 22: Heritage Languages at Marquette: Present and Future Directions in Heritage Language Instruction; 3.30-5.00 pm; Lalumiere Language Hall 198 https://today.marquette.edu/2022/04/present-and-future-directions-in-heritage-language-instruction-discussion-april-22/