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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. 

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.

 

Department News

  • Guillaume Lacroix
    Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix gave a very well-attended talk on “Redefining France: ‘Great’ National and International Debates” on Thursday, April 25, for French, International Relations and Politics students as well as community members.
  • Jennifer Valdes Del Valle

    The McGaw Scholarships are awarded annually to assist one junior and one senior with their tuition costs. Selected McGaw scholars have demonstrated superior leadership abilities and academic excellence. 
  • 2019 Collage Magazine presented
    The 2019 Collage Magazine was presented at the Student Symposium.
  • 2019 Phi Sigma Inductees
    On April 2, 2019 at Glen Rowan the MLL honor society, Phi Sigma Iota, had their induction ceremony.
  • Poet Lois Baer rides a CTA Red Line "L" train in Chicago on Sept. 12, 2019. She finds inspiration on the
    Associate Professor of Spanish, Emerita Lois Barr, an award-winning poet, was featured in the Chicago Tribune for creating poetry inspired by her commute on the “L,” Chicago’s elevated trains.
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,15,173,188/27746_unknown.rev.1441133368.jpeg" alt="Abby Brand ’10" title="Abby Brand ’10" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="173" data-max-h="260"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I believe any time spent abroad is incredibly important because it gives you a new frame of reference, which makes you more creative and gives you the ability to think outside of the box - skills valuable for any profession.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10">Abby Brand ’10, an economics and French major, became an attorney.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/613-justin-lansing-07"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,474/27696_jl_with_banjo.rev.1440704062.jpg" alt="Justin Lansing ’07" title="Justin Lansing ’07" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="474"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “My time in Costa Rica was essential to gaining fluency in the language, and helped to open my worldview.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/613-justin-lansing-07">Learn more about Spanish and sociology major Justin Lansing ’07</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2302-"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/34980_emily_capettini.rev.1481574718.jpg" alt="Emily Capettini ’09" title="Emily Capettini ’09" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="450" data-max-h="450"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The <strong>Writing Track at Lake Forest College</strong> invites you to smash the barriers of genre and <em>find your own voice</em> among contemporary writers.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2302-">Emily is an award-winning author, editor, and professor of English.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/599-victoria-johnson-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,720/27503_photo_on_4-6-15_at_459_pm.rev.1438461243.jpg" alt="Victoria Johnson ’12" title="Victoria Johnson ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,720/27503_photo_on_4-6-15_at_459_pm.rev.1438461243.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="720"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I’m very grateful for my (theater) internship in Paris. I don’t know many people who had such a fulfilling experience in the field they love.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/599-victoria-johnson-12">Now Victoria Johnson ’12 produces theater in Chicago.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/601-alli-chase-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/64/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,377,392/8007_alli_chase_cropped.rev.1386278780.jpg" alt="Alli Chase ’11" title="Alli Chase ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="377" data-max-h="392"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Because of the support I had from my professors and advisors I was able to flourish to my absolute potential.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/601-alli-chase-11">Today, Alli Chase ’11 uses her Spanish skills as an emergency room nurse at a top hospital.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1512-yipeng-hu-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,540/31949_pic_yipeng_hu.rev.1462481051.jpg" alt="Yipeng Hu ’14" title="Yipeng Hu ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,540/31949_pic_yipeng_hu.rev.1462481051.jpg 2x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="540"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The faculty have been amazingly helpful in academic aspects, life-coaching, and career preparation.”</p><p>  </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1512-yipeng-hu-14">Today, Yipeng Hu ’14 is a financial analyst in China.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2131-katelyn-mcauliffe-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,337,311/33102_katelyn_mccauliff2.rev.1472668482.jpg" alt="Katelyn McAuliffe ’15" title="Katelyn McAuliffe ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="337" data-max-h="311"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Success is driven by collaboration and by sharing knowledge. I work on a team – and I rely on a team – Lake Forest College helped to develop me individually so that I could be successful collectively.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2131-katelyn-mcauliffe-15">Katelyn McAuliffe ’15 is now a strategic analyst in Chicago.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2264-angela-lopez"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg" alt="Angela Lopez ’11" title="Angela Lopez ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/376,72,781,477/34875_bell_ringing.rev.1480714906.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="716"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Lake Forest College prepared me well for a teaching career.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2264-angela-lopez">Learn more about Angela’s career path.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3126-michael-peters"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,639,681/45244_michael_peters_crop.rev.1528383706.jpg" alt="Michael Peters" title="Michael Peters" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,639,681/45244_michael_peters_crop.rev.1528383706.jpg 2x" data-max-w="639" data-max-h="681"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “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.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/3126-michael-peters">Learn more about Michael’s career path.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/581-jonas-mikolich-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,335,335/27199_edited_jonas.rev.1436971926.jpg" alt="Jonas Mikolich ’11" title="Jonas Mikolich ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="335" data-max-h="399"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Jonas Mikolich uses his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and economics to work with the Mexico operations team at Coyote Logistics in Chicago.</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/581-jonas-mikolich-11">Read more about why he chose to double major in Spanish and economics.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2644-william-vaughan"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,210,243/40122_40110_WilliamVaughn.rev.1509120689.jpg" alt="William Vaughan" title="William Vaughan" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="210" data-max-h="243"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Language education is about more than acquiring language skills. Cultivate a cultural openness and curiosity; they will help you to succeed.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2644-william-vaughan">Learn more about William. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2105-"><img src="/live/image/gid/20/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/105,5,1172,1075/32706_bridgetkies.rev.1469475494.jpg" alt="Bridget Kies" title="Bridget Kies" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/20/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/105,5,1172,1075/32706_bridgetkies.rev.1469475494.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/20/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/105,5,1172,1075/32706_bridgetkies.rev.1469475494.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1210" data-max-h="1430"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Don’t be afraid to let the experience profoundly change you.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2105-">Bridget Kies ’02 is pursuing her PhD in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies after majoring in French.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/676-kevin-hsu-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/29357_kevin_hsu.rev.1447957856.jpg" alt="Kevin Hsu ’14" title="Kevin Hsu ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/29357_kevin_hsu.rev.1447957856.jpg 2x" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “As a future physician, I am certain that my time spent studying Chinese will prove valuable, allowing me to connect with a more diverse demographic.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/676-kevin-hsu-14">Kevin Hsu ’14 double majored in biology and Chinese.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,356,355/27643_simultaneous_interpretation_for_the_international_conference_mabi.rev.1440515072.jpg" alt="Ashley Gora ’13" title="Ashley Gora ’13" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="356" data-max-h="355"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Faculty in the Modern Languages and Literatures department are professional and talented, yet also personable and truly care for their students.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13">Read more about Ashley Gora ’13</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/667-mahir-mameledzija-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/197,0,1446,1249/29252_image2.rev.1446742373.jpg" alt="Mahir Mameledzija ’14" title="Mahir Mameledzija ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/197,0,1446,1249/29252_image2.rev.1446742373.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/197,0,1446,1249/29252_image2.rev.1446742373.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “<em>I had an extreme passion for languages</em>. The Spanish language stood out for me because of its worldwide understanding.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/667-mahir-mameledzija-14">Mahir now works at the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern.</a>

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