Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures - Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures - Christopher Newport University

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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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.

Achievements and Organizations

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.

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