Languages and Cultures
Sometimes when opportunity calls, it speaks another language.
When you meet someone, knowing another language gives you an additional opportunity to connect. That’s why the goal of our program is to teach more than just the appreciation of other languages, literatures, and cultures, but also to broaden perspectives and gain a better understanding of the world.
And your knowledge of these topics will give you an advantage in today’s job market.
Learning other languages is an indispensable part of individual development. As you learn new languages, you strengthen your mind in other ways — the effects of second language instruction are directly transferable to math, science, writing, and countless other skills. “Lagniappe” is a common local French-Creole phrase meaning “a little something extra,” which is exactly what you’ll enjoy by choosing a language program in a place as culturally rich and diverse New Orleans.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Languages + Cultures
Our programs are designed to train students in both the target language and the culture of those countries where the language is spoken. All of the degrees offered by our department are committed to broadening the perspective of the student and to cultivating mastery of the student's chosen language and the advantages that gives you in today’s job market.
Minor in Languages + Cultures
Our department offers minors in French, Spanish, Classical Studies with a concentration in classical languages, and Classical Studies with a concentration in classical civilizations. Our department also participates in the interdisciplinary minor program in Latin American Studies.
Senior Capstone Projects
All majors in French, Latin American Studies, and Spanish prepare a senior Capstone project which is normally presented during their last semester at Loyola. Projects vary greatly, from literary analysis, to concerts, to social research, or whatever makes sense with the student's background and interests.
First-Year Seminar on Cultural Blending
How does one culture influence another? Starting with the medieval history of Spain, when Islamic culture was at its peak in Europe, this course examines how Islamic culture affected the existing Christian and Jewish cultures of the Iberian Peninsula.
See what our faculty and students are accomplishing
Dux Academicus award
Dra. Josefa Salmón received the Dux Academicus award at the January 2018 President's Convocation. This is the highest faculty award presented by Loyola University New Orleans. It is given to honor her achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service.
Alumnus Darius Smith teaching Spanish locally
Darius Smith (Spanish 2017) is a Spanish teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies in Gretna, LA. ¡Enhorabuena, Darius!
On Friday, September 21, 2018, Dr. Nathan Henne gave the inaugural presentation for the new Loyola Faculty and Staff Seminar Series, "Encountering Heritage and History."