Modern Languages and Literatures

Students learn Spanish and Spanish culture in Granada.Students learn Spanish and Spanish culture in Granada.

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.

Majors & minors

  • Chinese minor
  • French major and minor
  • German Studies minor
  • Spanish major and minor

Other offerings

Today, students may study francophone or latino literature; tomorrow, they may learn French or Spanish “business-speak”. Cultural immersion and potential internship experience complement the student’s program of study, through the Lake Forest Beijing, Granada and Paris Programs.

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 and we strongly encourage language majors to study abroad.

Department News

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    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese David George gave the keynote address at the Teatro Prometeo at Miami-Dade College on July 10. The title was, “Antunes Filho, Nelson Rodriques y Toda Nudez Será Castigada.”

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    Dr. Evelyne Accad, noted Lebanese author, activist and Professor Emerita of the University of Illinois, discussed her volume of short stories, Femmes du crépuscule/Women of the Twilight, translated by Prof. Cynthia Hahn, in Hahn’s FREN212: Advanced Intermediate French class on April 23, 2015.

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