Modern Languages and Literatures

Strengthen your speaking skills 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.

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Faculty

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Internships

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Alumni

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