Faculty & Staff

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers you excellent and innovative educational opportunities to learn an additional language and culture that make you think beyond your zip code, the border, and the continent. By gaining a solid understanding of the nature of language and its intimate relationship with culture, as well as achieving a high level of linguistic proficiency, you will also be ready for advanced studies or job opportunities using the target language.

Location: King Hall D 1054

Phone: (323) 343-4230 Fax: (323) 343-4234

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Undergraduate Programs

  • Chinese BA
  • French BA
  • Japanese BA
  • Spanish BA

Graduate Programs

  • Spanish MA

Certificate Programs

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Korean is designed to afford students the opportunity to develop the ability to communicate in both oral and written Korean in culturally appropriate ways. The certificate enables students to pursue careers in organizations that seek persons with communicative skills in Korean, such as international business, education, and government organizations. It also benefits students who obtain jobs in local organizations whose employees represent bilingual cultures.


  • Chinese
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish














  • Professor, Graduate Advisor, Elena Ruzickova Retzer




  • Administrative Support Coordinator, Tracy Gamble


Advisement for Spanish M.A. Program

1st week: walk-in basis; first come, first serve

2nd-15th week: by appointments only

Please schedule your appointment in KH D1054 to meet with the advisers.

Dr. Elena Retzer                 eretzer@calstatela.edu     KH D1054     (323) 343-4230

Dr. Sachiko Matsunaga     smatsun@calstatela.edu     KH D 1054    (323) 343-4230


Language Program Coordinators

Chinese    Dr. Hsin-fu Chiu           hchiu7@calstatela.edu       KH A3039     (323) 343-4245

French      Dr. Gretchen Angelo   gangelo2@calstatela.edu   KH A3033     (323) 343-4246

Japanese  Dr. Chisato Koike      ckoike@calstatela.edu        KH A3054     (323) 343-4237

Korean      Dr. Namhee Lee          nlee8@calstatela.edu         KH A3032     (323) 343-4244

Spanish     Dr. Elena Retzer         eretzer@calstatela.edu       KH A 3039    (323) 343-4245