Modern Languages and Classics Curriculum


A major in French requires nine courses beyond French 20100 (Intermediate French I), and must include advanced grammar and composition, phonetics, civilization and literature. In addition, a senior paper and a course in French history are required. Students are also encouraged to supplement their majors, as scheduling allows, by taking courses in such areas as: religion, philosophy, other literature, art history and music history. French majors are required to have a study experience abroad, either in France or another French-speaking country and  a 2 hour capstone.


The Spanish major requires at least nine courses in Spanish, chosen in consultation with the Spanish faculty from SPAN 20200 (Intermediate Spanish II) and beyond. Courses should include advanced grammar, civilization (both Peninsular and Spanish American) and literature courses.

In addition, Spanish majors must complete an approved study-abroad program with a family home-stay component and the senior Capstone project, SPAN 49000.

Study Abroad Requirement

Foreign language majors must study abroad for at least one term. They may participate in any of the programs described below; other options to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the Department.

Faculty members of the department lead study abroad programs in France, Spain, and Latin America during a regular twelve-week term of the year, or during an intensive three-week session.

Students may choose to spend more time abroad at Centers of the Institute of European Studies in Nantes, Paris, Freiberg, or Madrid. Students who complete their major work while abroad for a year must take at least one upper-level course (30000 level) in the department during their senior year.

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Foreign Language courses are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
    (via Hiram's affiliation with John Cabot University in Rome)
  • English as a Second Language
  • French
  • Japanese
    (via Hiram's affiliation with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan)
  • Literature in Translation (taught in English)
  • Spanish


For advising and more information, please contact:

Ella Kirk, Professor of French and Department Chair

  • 330-569-5150
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  • Hinsdale 128