Modern Languages and Literatures

Language is the Key to Communication.
Sachiko Matsunaga, Chair
Welcome to the website of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) at Cal State L.A.! The Department offers BA, MA, and minor programs in Spanish and French, and BA and minor programs in Japanese and Chinese. The major programs in French, Japanese, and Spanish lead to a credential in languages other than English. All major programs are structured to enable students: (a) to achieve a high level of proficiency in all language skills by emphasizing innovative approaches to the teaching of all courses, and (b) to acquire broad and profound cultural and linguistic understanding through a variety of upper-division and graduate linguistics and literature courses taught by highly qualified faculty.

We are proud of having produced many graduates who have become successful teachers in high school and community college, have entered an MA program or PhD programs in the U.S. and abroad, and have become college professors and published authors. We believe that you can be one of them by studying with us because: (1) Our exceptional faculty will work closely with you on subject matters in and outside classrooms; (2) A faculty mentor assigned to each of you will guide you from the first quarter until graduation; (3) Undergraduate, Credential, and Graduate Advisors as well as the Department Chair are available for daily assistance; (4) The Department provides abundant opportunities for immersion experiences (e.g., field work, language tables, study abroad, internship abroad, and immersion day events) and extra-curricular activities (e.g., guest lectures, film series, essay contests, poetry recitation contests, and speech contests) offered through an honor society, student clubs, and Centers associated with different languages; (5) Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and opportunities to participate in workshops such as the Summer Workshop on Foreign Language Teaching are available on a competitive basis.

Without doubt, the Department of MLL, where you will experience academic, creative, and personal growth, is the place for you to earn a BA or MA. For more information, please contact the Department office.


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures plays a key role in educating students by developing the intellectual, creative, and personal skills necessary to participate in and contribute to the world as productive and enlightened individuals. It strives to achieve these goals by offering educational experiences that address the following areas:

Intellectual Growth

  • Presenting literary concepts needed to appreciate, comprehend and analyze literature
  • Introducing linguistic concepts essential to a comprehension of the function and nature of language in general and of various languages in particular
  • Discussing social and cultural traditions of various countries
  • Identifying facts, terms, concepts, principles and theories that underlie the comprehension of language, literature, and culture

Creative Growth

  • Stimulating the intellectual curiosity of students
  • Studying the literary works of the Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish languages
  • Providing a supportive and nurturing environment to learn and perfect linguistic skills in various languages
  • Encouraging the application of language skills to such fields as teaching, international business, local and state governments employment, diplomatic service, translation, advanced graduate studies, and related professions

Personal Growth

  • Providing opportunities to develop constructive attitudes in interpersonal relations and to demonstrate personal growth
  • Creating opportunities to strengthen connections with surrounding communities
  • Providing the guidance needed to strengthen both spoken and written communication skills
  • Offering the possibility of living and studying in other countries

Location: King Hall D 1054 (#3 in the Map)
Telephone: (323) 343-4230
Fax: (323) 343-4234
Address: 5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8112
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
For questions and comments about the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, please send e-mail to: the Chair, Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga.