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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Foreign Languages & Comparative Literature

Every student pursuing a BA in CAS must fulfill a foreign language requirement. Our teaching and scholarship are rich in opportunities to learn a wide range of languages and explore the world through those languages and their literatures. Among the languages offered through programs in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, the Department of Romance Studies, the African Studies Program, and the Department of Classical Studies are:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Classical and Modern)
  • Hausa
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Wolof
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu
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