Translating Alexander Blok
While translating the poetry of Alexander Blok, Laura Dzgoeva ’14 and John Golden, associate professor of foreign languages, often compared their differing interpretations.Read More
Programs offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures give students a means of breaking through the barrier of a single speech and culture pattern while also providing an encounter with great literature, cultural traditions and social models. They do so in small classes and with supportive faculty.
The department emphasizes communication, culture, connection, community and comparison. That focus can be seen in our international internships and study abroad programs, which require community engagement, whether it be joining a local soccer club or volunteering in a local nursing home.
Majors, Minors and Courses
We offer traditional majors in French and Spanish and a third major in foreign languages, which allows students to combine studies in two of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
A Semester Studying Abroad
The Department achieves depth not only through the rigor of our on-campus courses, but also through a required semester studying abroad. In recent years, our majors have studied in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru and Spain.
All French, Spanish and foreign languages majors are required to spend a semester abroad in an approved international program of study or in one of the international internship programs sponsored by the College. Students with a language minor are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad.
The Resources Needed to Succeed
In addition to interpersonal learning led by professors and strengthened in peer support networks, students are also aided by the latest language learning technology. Some classes incorporate Quia, an interactive language lab that allows students to work online outside class. Others classes take advantage of reality simulation computer programs in which your avatar communicates in the language they are studying.