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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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Rose Williams ’21 spends some time among the plants in the campus greenhouse.

No Thorns Here, Why Beloit is Right For Rose

Learn what it is that makes Beloit the perfect fit for Rose Williams ’21.

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Jim Rougvie (Geology) and Susan Furukawa (Japanese)

Totoro Saves the World

What do a geologist and a Japanese literature scholar have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. 

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