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Foreign language studies are essential in the modern global village. The ongoing process of globalization increasingly calls for a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all human endeavors. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers an intellectual environment in which students have the chance to explore the multi-faceted opportunities for personal and professional growth that the encounter with other cultures and the development of proficiency in a foreign language offer them.

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  • Introductory Latin I and II.
  • Latin III.


  • Introductory Arabic I-II.


  • Introductory Chinese


  • Introductory French I.
  • Introductory French II.
  • Introductory French III.
  • Films as Keys to French and Francophone Cultures.
  • Texts as Keys to French and Francophone Cultures.
  • French Connections:  Letters and Culinary Art.
  • Introduction to French Literature.
  • France from 1950 to the present – Politics and Society.
  • Art, Culture, and History in Paris.
  • Conformists and Rebels:  Selected works from Seventeenth and Eighteenth-century France.
  • A Role of Her Own: Works by French and Francophone Women.
  • The Novel as an Expression of Traditional and Modern France.
  • 20th-Century Theater.
  • French Modern Urbanization.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.


  • Introductory German I.
  • Introductory German II.
  • Introductory German III.
  • Witches and Demons in German History and Culture.
  • German Culture in Context: Art and Contemporary Culture.
  • German Culture in Context: Literature and Film.
  • Berlin in Film and Literature.
  • Introduction to German Literature.
  • Young German Writers: Search for Identity.
  • German Film from Caligari to Fatih Akin.
  • Berlin in Film and Literature.
  • Women in German Literature and Culture.
  • Young German Writers: Search for Identity.
  • 20th-Century German Theater.
  • German Literature from 1949 to the Present.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.


  • Introductory Italian I.
  • Introductory Italian II.
  • Introductory Italian III
  • Conversation and Contemporary Life.


  • Introductory Spanish I.
  • Introductory Spanish II.
  • Introductory Spanish III.
  • Spanish for Medical Personnel.
  • Intermediate Spanish - Spain: A Crossroads of Civilizations.
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures:  Islamic Spain to the Colonial Period.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures:  The Enlightenment to the Present in Latin America.
  • Introduction to Literature of Spain and Latin America.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature in the U.S.
  • From Macondo to McOndo.
  • Reel Images: Spanish Cinema from Buñuel to Almódovar.
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Spanish Literature into Film.
  • Love and Jealousy from Cervantes to Almodóvar.
  • Agency, Citizenship and Identity in the Southern Cone.
  • Central American Literature: Rebirth through Contemporary Voices.
  • Emblems and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain.
  • Latin-American Literary Movements.
  • Caribbean Literature: Space and Narrative.
  • Monsters and Madmen
  • Latin American Popular Culture and Tradition.
  • 20th-Century Peninsular Literature.
  • Linguistic Varieties in the Spanish-Speaking World.
  • Special Topics.
  • Independent Study.
  • Internship.
  • Honors.


Students at the intermediate and upper-level courses may become tutors in a language for other students and get remunerated by the College. This is a good experience, especially for those planning to combine the study of a language with a degree in Education. Our department also offers Independent Studies and Internships to earn credit towards a major or minor in a language. Juniors and Seniors can do a SOAR Project (an individual research project) with a professor, or join the Honor’s Program and write an Honors Thesis on any topic of their interest. The department also invites the best students to join Phi Sigma Iota, the Foreign Language Honor Society, every spring semester. We encourage our students to participate in the weekly activities of the German, French and Spanish Clubs, where they can practice the language and learn about the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken. In addition, the department offers May and Study Abroad summer programs.


Adjunct Faculty
  • Margaret Bilheimer, Spanish
  • Michael Clark, Latin
  • Nada Hamouch, Arabic and French
  • Barbara Jensen, Italian
  • Jeffrey Long, German
  • Silvia Mandler, Spanish
  • Kathleen O’Donnell, Spanish
  • Corrine Rivero, Spanish
  • Chia-Ling Yeh, Chinese

  • Hans Wuerth
  • Mary Arenas
  • Astrid Kromayer
  • Dennis Glew