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Modern Languages & Literatures


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Language is Beautiful

The department prepares its students to thrive in a diverse world through the study of one or more languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and the cultural, social, philosophical, and/ or historical contexts in which these languages are situated.

By acquiring the four basic linguistic skills— listening, speaking, reading, and writing—you will develop intercultural competency through thoughtful engagement with literary and other cultural texts. We encourage our students to put their language learning and cultural understanding into practice both locally and while studying abroad, where you can volunteer, complete internships, and pursue independent research projects through our unique Cities in Transition courses.

Excellent Undergraduate Teaching
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Excellent Undergraduate Teaching

In 2019, Professor Sylvia López received the highest teaching honor given at the College: the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

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Zoila M. Ganuza Hoaglund, ’05, Ph.D., NCSP

From Mentee to Mentor at Beloit and Beyond

Zoila M. Ganuza Hoaglund, ’05, Ph.D., NCSP, was inspired by summer research and the support of one special professor at Beloit to pursue her dreams. Today, she inspires other students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue scholarship and advanced careers.

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Elena Patilliet

Elena Patilliet Posla’22 awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal

This is the highest honor Congress may bestow upon a youth civilian.

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