Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and CulturesAcademics

About the Department

Unlock the Door to a Multicultural Adventure with MLLC at Gustavus

At Gustavus, language is more than a group of nouns, verbs, and pesky prepositions. It’s a reflection of culture, countries, and communities around the world. Through a curriculum that emphasizes current events and puts language into cultural context, students become intercultural ambassadors who can speak about themselves and their world. The ability to communicate across cultures translates to careers in virtually any field and enables you to be the person that connects individuals, ideas, and international communities.

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Members of Organization for Latin American and Spanish Cultures at Gustavus perforing at Latin Night.

Discover your path:
Majors, Minors, & Offerings in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Our department is your gateway to cultures, languages, and people that span the globe through the study of Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. Dream of speaking with Spanish speakers, journeying through Japan, or finding friends in the francophone world? Reach fluency with a language major, complement another degree with a language minor, or simply discover the joy of communicating with others in a new way. With a commitment to work across many disciplines, our department will help you develop into a more informed, connected, and confident global citizen.

Immerse Yourself in a World of Language and Culture

Opportunities in MLLC

At Gustavus, we know the only way to learn a language is to live it. Study abroad, work in local communities with native speakers, practice your skills with tutors and digital resources from our Culpeper Language Learning Center, or get involved with a student club. Through it all, discover all the ins and outs of language that textbooks can’t teach.

Explore all Opportunities in MLLC

  • Student Clubs
  • Study Away
  • Internships
  • Research
Two Gustavus students taking a selfie in front of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya while studying away in Barcelona, Spain.


The MLLC Department is a dynamic community of curious, motivated students and faculty eager to connect with each other and the world. Explore our multilingual journeys on and off the hill, where language learning and cultural exploration intersect.

Meet our Faculty

Nikita Sandstrom ’23

Nikita Sandstrom ’23

Russian and Eastern European Studies Major

“The language classes are a well-balanced mix of academic and modern terms so while you can understand the base, there are modern terms mixed in so a student such as I can hold conversations and navigate a modern Eastern Europe.” As someone who is half Ukrainian and grew up speaking Russian and Ukrainian, Nikita decided […]

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Keep in touch with the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department

Contact Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Phone: 507-933-7391

Confer-Vickner, 231B
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082