Foreign Languages Offered at Harvard

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

Language

Department

Contact

Afrikaans

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Akkadian

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

American Sign Language (ASL) 

*does not meet the College's foreign language requirement at this time

Linguistics

Kathryn Davidson, Head Tutor

Amharic

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Arabic

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara, Director of Modern Language Program

Aramaic

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Armenian

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Bahasa Indonesia

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Bamana

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Bengali

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Bosnian

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Cape Verdean Creole

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Catalan

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Katherine Killough, Language Program Coordinator

Chichewa

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Chinese

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Croatian

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Czech

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Danish

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes Broomé, Preceptor in Scandinavian

Dinka

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Egyptian

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Finnish

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes BrooméPreceptor in Scandinavian

French

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Katherine Killough, Language Program Coordinator

German

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Lisa Parkes, Director of the German Language Program

Gikuyu

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Greek (Ancient and Modern)

 

The Classics

Ancient Greek: Ivy Livingston, Preceptor in the Classics; Modern Greek: Calliopi Dourou, Preceptor in Modern Greek

Haitian

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Hassaniya

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Hausa

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Hebrew (Classical and Modern)

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara, Director of Modern Language Program

Hindi-Urdu

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Hittite

Linguistics

Kathryn Davidson, Head Tutor

Ibibio

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Icelandic

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes BrooméPreceptor in Scandinavian

Igbo

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Indo-European

Linguistics

Kathryn Davidson, Head Tutor

Iranian

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Irish (Old and Modern)

 

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Catherine McKenna, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Italian

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Katherine Killough, Language Program Coordinator

Japanese

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Kikongo

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Kinyarwanda

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Korean

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Krio

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Latin

 

The Classics

Ivy Livingston, Preceptor in the Classics

Lingala

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Luganda

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Malagasy

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Manchu

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Mongolian

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Nepali

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Norwegian

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes BrooméPreceptor in Scandinavian

Old Church Slavonic

 

Linguistics

Michael S. FlierOleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology

Old English

 

English

Erica Weaver, PhD Candidate in English

Old Norse

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes BrooméPreceptor in Scandinavian

Oromo

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Pali

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Persian

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara, Director of the Modern Language Program

Polish

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Portuguese

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Katherine Killough, Language Program Coordinator

Pulaar

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Russian

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Sanskrit

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Scottish Gaelic

 

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Catherine McKenna, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Serbian

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Setswana

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Shona

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Somali

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Spanish

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Katherine Killough, Language Program Coordinator

Sudanese Arabic

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Sumerian

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Gojko Barjamovic, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Swahili

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Swedish

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Agnes BrooméPreceptor in Scandinavian

Tamil

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Thai

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tibetan

 

South Asian Studies

Shankar Ramaswami, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tigrinya

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Tshiluba

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program

Turkish

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara, Director of the Modern Language Program

Twi

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Ukrainian

 

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Steven Clancy, Director of the Language Program

Uyghur

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Vietnamese

 

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator

Welsh (Middle and Modern)

 

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Catherine McKenna, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Wolof

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Xhosa

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Yiddish

 

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

William Granara, Director of the Modern Language Program

Yoruba

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program 

Zulu

 

African and African American Studies

John Mugane, Director of the African Language Program