We give students the tools and opportunities to become competent, confident, culturally literate citizens of a global society. Our programs in Chinese, French, German and Spanish study languages, cultures, literatures and film as integral to a broader liberal arts education. The Language Learning Center helps meet these goals through multimedia.
Our students develop multiple cultural and linguistic competencies. They synthesize information across disciplines, understand diverse perspectives, and learn to function effectively and responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world. Those who major or minor acquire a strong grasp of language that is closely tied to their analytical knowledge of literature, culture and film. Study abroad is strongly encouraged.
Through this broad foundation, we prepare Southwestern students for professional careers in many areas, including teaching, government and international business. Our curriculum moves students toward lifelong learning as well as fulfilling experiences building communities and acting as agents of change. Click on the Chinese, French, German or Spanish pages to contact department chairpeople and find out more!
Alejandra Benitez will spend the year teaching in Reims
Molly O’Hara spent the academic year teaching in France
Mexican filmmaker and television director/producer María Fernanda Suárez De Garay visits Southwestern and speaks about her successful television series.