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

  • Associate Professor of Spanish Gizella Meneses’ film Intergenerational Stories on Linguistic Identity: Abuelas, Hijas, Niet@s was accepted to the 2017 Illinois International Film Festival.
  • Trained in translation, Denise Kripper worked as both a translator and interpreter for years. She loved what she did so much, she earned her PhD so that she could share her passion for literature, cultural studies, and translation with others.

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