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, 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

  • Maya Tatiana, a soloist and teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music led a demonstration and workshop on flamenco with her student Wilmer and guitarist Meiron.    The event took place on November 30, 2015  and was sponsored by Modern Languages and Literatures and the Center for Chicago Programs.
  • Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Casey  Hartfiel ’17, an Economics and International Relations major currently studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria.

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