Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Our mission is to provide quality education in languages, literatures, and cultures.

We prepare University of Maine students to successfully take their place in the new global century. We offer courses that teach the past as well as the present, with special emphasis on the linguistic, literary and cultural heritages of French and Spanish. 

A quick look at these programs and our other language course offerings will give you an idea of what we cover. Please do not hesitate to e-mail or call for more detailed information!


“I only ask that you learn to love the bizarre, the different, the difficult. Travel if you can — even if you have to sleep on floors and take the cheap seats. Eat something weird, dance to new music, wear a colorful shirt, speak a new language. The world awaits you.”

U.S. Ambassador Pamela White

Commencement Address to UMaine’s Class of 2016


Why Study a Foreign Language?

A Role for World Languages in Improving Maine’s Economic Climate