Modern Languages Majors

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has four different majors -


We are a small but vigorous program that combines the acquisition of language skills with a wide-ranging study of French culture. We look at France in the various stages of its development, as the "eldest daughter of the Church," the child of Marianne, and a dynamic member of the transnational community of the twenty-first century.


We offer an academically challenging and energetic course of studies in German language, literature and culture. Those who learn German gain access to an important intellectual, economic and culturally historic area of Central Europe.


UD's Spanish Program celebrates the splendor of the Hispanic World, of Hispanidad, concentrating on the grand, the heroic, the poetic, the creative, the artistic, the holy, the stoic and other admirable facets of the legacy and contemporary reality of Spain and Spanish America. The Program also offers an interdisciplinary approach to Hispanidad through courses in Spanish language, literature, history, linguistics, and art history. Finally, the courses examine the tension between the unity and the rich diversity within the Hispanic world.

Comparative Literary Traditions

Comparative Literature is dedicated to the study of literature in the broadest possible framework – interlinguistic, intercultural, and interdisciplinary. Defined broadly, it is the study of "literature without walls." So it’s about making comparisons and connections between all sorts of literary and cultural realms.For details on our major programs in French, German, Spanish, and Comparative Literary Traditions, click on the above links.

It is also possible to "concentrate" (i.e., minor) in a French, German, Italian, or Spanish in combination with any major. Alternatively, you can complete a Language-and-Literature Unit in French, German, or Spanish in combination with any major.


2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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