Modern Languages and Literatures

<strong>Strengthen your speaking skills</strong> at Spanish Table during lunch.Strengthen your speaking skills at Spanish Table during lunch.

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

  • French
  • German Studies (minor only)
  • Spanish

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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    Psychology professors taught Alyssa Parr ’13 how to use a complex statistical technique usually reserved for second- or third-year PhD students while she was working on her senior thesis about high school dropouts.
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    Victoria Egedus ’14 will be published as the lead author for research she completed about the deadly virus while studying abroad in Costa Rica last spring.

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