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Modern Languages and Literatures

mll students in front of a sculpture 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.
Language in Chicago

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.

A Wide Range of Courses

We offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, 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.

  • Public health, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture (Senegal)
  • BNP Paribas, Paris (marketing and technology)
  • CIEE Global Internship Program (Paris)
  • Teaching assistantships (Seville, Spain)
  • The Tandana Foundation/ Otaralo (Ecuador)
  • Economics and Finance internships (Beijing)
  • Communication and Journalism internships (Beijing)
  • La Délégation du Québec or Alliance Française (Chicago)
  • Waukegan Public Library or Waukegan to College association
  • Lake County Health Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (Chicago)
  • Service learning in teaching, hospitals, social work (Jordan, Latin America, France, Spain)

Thanks to our close ties to Chicago’s cultural institutions, students may pursue internships with the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the Alliance Française, the Quebec Government Office, and many other sites. Academic excursions to immigrant neighborhoods like Chinatown and Pilsen provide enhanced cultural connections.

Off Campus Study

We support cultural and linguistic immersion, through a variety of study abroad options in many countries, often with internships. Lake Forest has off-campus opportunities in over 70 countries.

MLL Living-Learning Community

Living-Learning Communities are opportunities for juniors and seniors with a similar interest or academic focus to live together. 

Languages are always good to learn, as they open up new doors….The Department of Modern Languages recommended the MSID Senegal study abroad program to me, which for me was the most impactful experience of college.

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Cynthia Hahn
Professor of  French 
Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures
Carnegie Hall 104

Karin Loiacano
Department Assistant
Carnegie Hall 105