Modern Languages and Literatures offers a variety of undergraduate courses and program options in Comparative Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Intercultural Communications, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Linguistics and Hispanic Cultures. Courses in Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Persian language and culture are also offered.

Meet Our Faculty

Cristina Cristina Caracchini

Dr. Cristina Caracchini has written about XX Century Western Poetry, Italian Avant-Garde, Neo Avant-Garde, and Italian-Canadian literature. In the Italian Studies program she teaches courses such as Italian Journeys and Rome: the Eternal City; in the CLC program her teaching spans from the first year Ideas and Apps that Changed the World to grad courses such as What Poetry Knows.

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Silvia Silvia Perpiñán 
Silvia Perpiñán is a specialist on Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition and Hispanic Linguistics. She teaches courses on those areas, as well as Comparative Grammar of English and Spanish. Discover her course on Mediterranean History and Culture that will take place in Barcelona, Spain this May, 2016.

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News & Events

Alena-Robin-photo-credit-Aniruddho-Chokroborty-Hoque---Western-News.jpgMay 10th, 2018
MLL's own Professor Alena Robin speaks with Western News about her research on Mexican painter Antonio Enríquez and her upcoming book. Read full article here. (Photo credit Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque/Western News).


May 10th, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Perpiñan, who has put the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Western in the headlines in Catalonia, Catalunya, Spain. Read more here.


April 13th, 2018
Three female introductory Spanish students pose smiling with their children's book creation.The end of year project for the Spanish 1030 students made Western News! Congratulations to the students, the TA's, and the instructors for this far reaching and impactful initiative. Read full article here (photo credit paul Mayne/Western News).


March 8th, 2018
Congratulations to the following MLL instructors who made the USC's Honor Roll for 2016-17: Mitsume Fukui, Maria Laura Mosco, Parastoo Nasrollahzadeh, Luca Pocci, Alena Robin, Rie Shirakawa, Kathryn Steinbock, Vladimir Tumanov, and William Turkel.
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