Modern Languages and Literatures

Students enjoy the views while studying abroad in Granada, Spain.Students enjoy the views while studying abroad in Granada, Spain.

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, 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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    Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Casey  Hartfiel ’17, an Economics and International Relations major currently studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria.
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    Dr. Evelyne Accad, author, activist and professor emerita of French, Women’s Studies, African and Middle East Studies at the University of IL, visited Professor Cynthia Hahn’s classes October 13.

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