Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures (MCLL) - Your Gateway to the World!

Whether you're interested in Spanish, French or German-speaking cultures, or the languages and civilizations of the classical world, we are here to help you cross borders and make new discoveries!

You can choose from four different majors and five minors, as well as individual classes in Italian, Arabic, Chinese and ancient Greek. You will have opportunities to study abroad, and to join any of the numerous clubs and honors societies sponsored through this department.

Our graduates often go on to higher degrees and pursue careers in a variety of fields, such as education, business and public service.

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Our Students:

Our students distinguish themselves through outstanding work in and out of the classroom, here and abroad, before and after they graduate.

Lauren Boyd ('09) spent two months in Uruguay completing an internship in which she worked with churches to construct buildings, to feed children, and hold services and events.

Rose Belue (formally Glass), MAT graduate of '08, is now teaching in an immersion language program at Tucker High School in Richmond. Rose was selected as a Teacher of Promise in 2008.

Thomas Barton ('08) is the first student in the history of Christopher Newport University to graduate with a concentration in classical studies, which he earned through the
Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Thomas has been accepted into the prestigious post-baccalaureate program in classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. During his academic career, he presented his research at Paideia, the CNU undergraduate research conference (2007 and 2008) and at the MARCUS conference for  undergraduate research at Sweet Briar College (2007). Thomas was awarded the Cupola Prize at Paideia 2007 for his paper, "To Be or Not To Be: Suicide and Heroism in Sophocles' Ajax," which was subsequently published in CNU's online journal, The Cupola. Last but certainly not least, Thomas was inducted into Alpha Mu Gamma, the national honor society celebrating achievement in the study of foreign languages.

Student Organizations:

  • The Classics Club
  • The French Club
  • The German Conversation Hour
  • The Italian Club
  • The Latin-American Cultural Association

For more information, visit the Clubs/Organizations page.

Honor Societies:

Spanish -

In 2010, MCLL inaugurated the Psi Phi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Students who have studied Spanish at the college level for three years may apply to join this organization. Contact Professor Elaine Miller at 594-7489 or for information and application criteria overview

French -

MCLL is proud to host the Nu Upsilon chapter of the French National Honor Society Pi Delta Phi. This society recognizes students who have studied French at the advanced level. Goals of the society include increasing Americans' knowledge of the French-speaking world and sponsoring French and Francophone cultural activities. For further information, please consult the society's website at, or contact Dr. Michael Mulryan at 594-7083 or

All languages -

Alpha Mu Gamma is the nation's largest collegiate foreign language honorary society. It honors outstanding student searly in their studies -- typically after the third semester. Students may joinCNU's Lambda Pi chapter and then, if they continue their language study, apply to one of the more advanced honors societies if they wish. Alpha Mu Gamma members are also eligible to apply for several scholarships. Please contact Dr.Laura Deiulio at 594-7062 or for more information, or view

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