Languages at Beloit

Soon, you will meet with your AMP advisor to register for your first courses as a Beloiter. Consider studying a language during your college experience. Gaining proficiency in a second (or third) foreign language enriches your critical thinking skills, improves your memory, and will give you a global outlook, a plus in your future career.

Let’s explore what you need to know about languages at Beloit.

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Why study a language at Beloit?

Studying a language is more than vocabulary and grammar skills — it is an opportunity for you to develop intercultural competency. You also have the opportunity to put your language learning and cultural understanding into practice both locally and while studying abroad, where you can volunteer, complete internships, and pursue independent research projects.

What languages are offered at Beloit?

The department of Modern Languages & Literatures will prepare you to thrive in a diverse world through the study of one or more languages. At Beloit, you have the opportunity to declare a major, a minor, or take coursework in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish.

Whether you are interested in studying a new language, or you have prior experience, our curriculum will meet you where you are and help you acquire and apply the four basic linguistic skills — listening, speaking, reading, and writing — through thoughtful engagement with literary and other cultural texts. Language-focused housing and student organizations will give you the space to connect with your peers outside the classroom.

How do I begin taking language courses?

If you have previously studied a language, please contact a professor or take a placement exam as soon as possible. You and your AMP advisor can then use the results to better plan your first semester at Beloit.

If you want to learn a new language, we encourage you to sign up for a beginning course this fall to increase your proficiency and integrate your language abilities into your other coursework. Introductory language classes are offered only in the fall semester.

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July 08, 2021

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