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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.

Museums and Modern Languages
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Museums and Modern Languages

Students in Professors Sylvia López and Susan Furukawa’s classes engage in experiential learning in campus museums
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Ericka Corral’22, center, with friends.

Artificial intelligence for a better world

It’s not every day that Fortune magazine interviews a Beloiter about their summer experience at MIT, let alone before they even graduate. But that’s just one day in a year of exciting developments for Ericka Corral’22.

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Garrison Ferone’23 at right, front after measuring, weighing, and checking the respiration of a sea turtle in the Galapagos.

Traveling the world and our own backyard

They conducted archaeological research on Neanderthal stone tools in North Macedonia and swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, trained as an EMT with the South Beloit Fire Department and studied environmental policy in Finland.

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