Department of Languages

Taking as our most fundamental principle the creation of a more just and humane society, the Department of Languages embodies a pluralistic teaching and learning environment by exemplifying our diversity. We infuse our courses with a multicultural, multiethnic content, committing ourselves to counter the inexcusable and all too frequent omission of the African continental and Diaspora presence in the teaching of languages and literatures, while at the same time incorporating a global perspective that prepares students for their professional and personal lives in the third millennium. 

Through our own departmental diversity, our varied research interests, and our dedication to a pluralistic and integrated pedagogy, the Department of Languages works to advocate a sound intellectual dialogue, a rigorous and progressive academic formation, and a commitment to stand firm against all forms of injustice and prejudice. We engage in the ongoing enhancement of our curricula and dedicate our efforts to making all our courses encompassing, enriching, and challenging.

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Study abroad with the Department of Languages

The Department of Languages offers students to study abroad in the summer with the XULA in COSTA RICA program.

Students participating in this four week program  study medical Spanish and  participate in  up to 50 hours of medical shadowing and observation in Costa Rican clinics and hospitals. They receive an overview of the Costa Rican healthcare system in general and guest lectures regarding various medical topics.  The summer 2019 program will also  include several excursions and feature a visit to the Bri Bri indigenous community in which students will learn about traditional and plant based medicine. 

Credits earned during this program can apply towards the Medical Spanish Certificate Program.  

Please send inquires to: Professor Giti Farudi 



Foreign Language Club

The Foreign Language Club is run by Spanish and French majors and minors and has frequent events such as dance lessons ("Chips and Salsa"), general body meetings, and culture nights. Member of the Xavier Foreign Language Club do volunteer outreach in tutoring in Spanish and French for area high school and middle school students as well as Xavier students. The Foreign Language Club welcomes all students interested in the study of any language, including less commonly taught languages at Xavier such as Sign Language, Mandarin, Latin, and Hebrew. 

International Foreign Language Honor Society Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota

The International Foreign Language Honor Society Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota inducts Xavier students who have declared minors or majors in Spanish or French, have completed a literature class in Spanish or French, and have maintained a 3.3 average in language study and at least a 3.0 average overall. This honor society was founded by language professors at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania in 1922 and later as a national honor society at Pennsylvania State University in 1925. The Xavier Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota was founded by Xavier students Patrick Jackson, Ashley Conoway, Kourtney Cooke, Mickeya Hayes, JoAnn Tran, Ava Potter, and Quiana Robinson in 2011.

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