Modern Languages and Literatures

We define culture broadly to include both the academic and the everyday. Guided by creative and enthusiastic faculty committed to language immersion, students explore topics ranging from literature and film to politics to cuisine. Today, students may study francophone or Latino/a literature; tomorrow, they may learn French or Spanish “business-speak”. Cultural immersion and potential internship experience complement the student’s program of study.

Because of our close ties to Chicago’s cultural institutions, students pursue internships with organizations like the Alliance Française and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Academic excursions to immigrant neighborhoods like Chinatown and Pilsen, allow students to meet and learn from native speakers.

We offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish as well as occasional courses in Italian and Portuguese. Most language majors and minors enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge by taking advantage of the College’s numerous options to study and complete internships abroad.

Department News

  • Lucy-George Cooper volunteers as an assistant school teacher with the Peace Corps in Togo, a small country in West Africa. She instructs students in English, using teamwork-based creative thinking exercises and gender equitable practices.
  • Dr. Evelyne Accad, Professor emerita at the University of IL, singer-songwriter, author and activist from Lebanon residing primarily in Paris, visited Beginning Arabic, Contemporary France and French Translation and Creative Writing classes on November 1 and 2, hosted by French professor Cynthia Hahn. She was also present at French Table for informal conversation and led a conversation on Middle East issues for the Living Learning Community in Cleveland Young Residence Hall.

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