Statement of Purpose
At Illinois Wesleyan, you may pursue a major in French and Francophone Studies, German
Studies, or Greek and Roman Studies, and a minor in French and Francophone Studies,
Greek and Roman Studies (ancient Greek or Latin), German Studies, Japanese Studies,
or Russian Language and Literature. Four semesters of Italian language are also offered.
In general, lower-level courses (100/200 level) in our department develop an awareness
of cultural differences and emphasize language skills. Upper level courses (300/400
level) deal with more than one of the following: cultural history (including art and
intellectual traditions), literature, film, popular culture, and contemporary social/
political issues. In addition, the MCLL faculty offer courses in
Literature and Culture Studies in English Translation
, which are designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the
literature/culture of non-English speaking countries.
In today’s global society, knowledge of languages and cultures is increasingly important
in business, industry, and the professions. At Illinois Wesleyan, courses in languages
and literatures have become an integral part of several other majors on our campus,
including International Business, Diplomatic Studies, Development Studies, Western
European Studies, and Russian and Eastern European Studies. In fact, approximately
one-third of Illinois Wesleyan language majors are double majors, with second majors
such as music, history, business, political science, etc.
Outside of class you will have the benefit of our exceptionally equipped Language Resource Center. At the Center you can work with self-study computer programs and watch foreign videos
with or without subtitles. Illinois Wesleyan also offers a palette of study abroad
and travel opportunities, regularly scheduled foreign films, and guest speakers from
around the world.
Putting Your Language Into Practice
Our Language Resource Center provides students with facilities for foreign language
computer-based activities as well as traditional language laboratory work. It is equipped
with 20 Windows platform workstations, 3 iMacs, and 3 video viewing stations. Students
may work on their speaking, pronunciation, or comprehension skills using audiocassettes;
practice grammar using computer drills; or take advantage of foreign language software
that helps build vocabulary or write compositions. Students may increase their cultural
competency while working with interactive CD-ROMs and browsing the World Wide Web.
The Language Resource Center also functions as a tutoring center that gives students
one-on-one help with their foreign language studies. Advanced language students may
be eligible to work as a paid tutor for the department. Living in an environment where
foreign language speakers surround you is also important for learning. Informal groups
meet one campus to converse in the chosen language e.g. French (La table française)
or German (Stammtisch). May Term travel seminars are also widely available.
Study abroad is an important part of our language programs. You may spend a semester or a year
studying in France, Russia, Germany, Austria, Greece or Japan. Travel seminars are
also offered to a variety of destinations.
For information about offerings in Spanish language and culture, see the Web site
for the Hispanic Studies Department.