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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.

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Excellent Undergraduate Teaching

Professor Sylvia López was the latest Beloit professor to receive the highest teaching honor given at the college: the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

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Dangerous Women

What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Students in French 240: Characters of French Literature, have explored this question through French literature, art, and theatre from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Lesly Davis’90 at Indiana University Global Alumni reunion in Beijing.

Beloit alum & previous WAC Assistant Director continues to encourage international education & social justice

With numerous experiences abroad under her belt, Lesley Davis’90–a creative writing and French major–has developed and led internationally-based programs for future students to learn abroad. These programs, based at Beloit College and other institutions, have allowed students to teach abroad, learn international law, and explore disability protection around the globe. Now, as the current Assistant Dean of International Programs at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, she answers some questions about Beloit’s impact on her success afterward.

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