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

  • “Tunisian women: Post-independence to Post-Revolution”
  • On November 4th, students from SPAN 320, 308, 255 and French club, enjoyed watching the French opera “Don Quichotte” by Jules Massenet and inspired by the Cervantes’s Spanish novel Don Quixote, with Professors of Spanish Denise Kripper and David Fernandez-Diaz at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Students from FREN 255 and FREN 328 attended also, accompanied by Professor of French Cynthia Hahn.


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