Spoken by 10.5 million people in Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe, Hungarian is the most widely spoken language in the Finno-Ugric family. The language uses a Latin-based writing system with diacritics that make the language uniquely Hungarian. Students who study Hungarian in the department enjoy small classes and experienced instructors who emphasize the importance of learning about the culture as well as the language.

The department offers all levels of Hungarian including Hungarian 101A: Elementary Hungarian and Hungarian 187: Advanced Tutorial in Hungarian Language. Students in the Hungarian Language Program have traditionally participated in departmental events such as Poetry and Music Night for which they have read Hungarian poems and performed music by Hungarian composers such are Bartok and Liszt.