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Modern Languages and Literatures

Our world grows more global by the day. You’ll thrive best in that world with a broad understanding of cultural subtleties and practices.

When you study a language, you gain skills far beyond the ability to communicate. You develop a cultural awareness that prepares you to live and work in an international milieu while deepening your understanding of your own beliefs and values.

At St. Norbert College, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in one of four language programs:
You may also pursue several language-based minors:
  • French
  • French teaching
  • German
  • German teaching
  • Japanese
  • Japanese area studies
  • Spanish
  • Spanish teaching
In addition, you may earn a French, German, Japanese or Spanish language certificate that demonstrates intermediate-level proficiency.

A Language Degree at Work
In an increasingly international society, your language studies will serve you well in virtually any career. Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company, a small business, a human services organization or a school system, you’ll find ample opportunity to put your communication skills to work.

As a language major, you might pursue a career in:
  • Translation
  • Hospitals
  • Translation agencies
  • Airlines
  • Law firms
  • Banks
  • Museums
  • Publishers
  • Interpretation
  • Travel services/tour guides
  • Teaching
  • Immigration/naturalization
  • Diplomacy/civil service
  • International relations
  • Educational administration
  • Business and industry
  • International mission work
Strengthen Your Language Degree
The best way to develop fluency in a language is to study it in a country where it is spoken. As a language major, you’ll spend at least one semester studying abroad. For a teaching minor, you’ll complete at least six weeks of international language immersion. In certain study abroad programs, you can pair your studies with an overseas internship.

On campus, Japan Club and Spanish Club can help you enrich your cultural and verbal fluency. As an experienced student, you might consider living in the college’s Spanish House, where you will routinely speak the language for a semester or a year.

Your academic excellence in language study may earn you a spot in St. Norbert College’s chapter of Phi Sigma Iota. Membership in this national honor society is the highest U.S. academic honor for language study.

Faculty Highlight

John Day (Modern Languages & Literatures) is deconstructing a traditional textbook and remaking it for a plugged-in world.

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Student Highlight

In May 2016, ten first-year French students were recognized with an award from the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), for excellence in language study. NECTFL is the nation’s second-oldest professional organization for foreign language educators and is a leader in professional development. The students recognized were: Elyse Gmack, Kali Kraft, Ronaldo Moran, Elizabeth Paitel, Hannah Salzsieder, Craig Sampo, Kelli Sorge, Anna Van Daalwyk, Claire Visconti and Mary Walker.

Faculty Highlight

Over spring break 2016 Tom Conner, professor of modern languages & literatures, served as Scholar in Residence at the Johns Hopkins University Center for International Studies at Nanjing University, China, and gave several public lectures and classroom presentations on current events in France and Europe.