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Foreign Languages and Literature

Professors: Lisa Algazi Marcus (chair), Roser Caminals-Heath, Didier Course, Scott Pincikowski, Maria Griselda Zuffi

Associate Professor: Donald Wright

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers French, Spanish, French- German, German, Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies majors. The department also offers minors in French, German, French-German, Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies.

Unless a student plans to teach or continue with graduate studies, the department encourages double majors in languages and another discipline.

Department offerings include, in addition to traditional language and literature courses, introduction to translation and interpretation, cross-cultural courses, language skills for the world of work and internships. Chapters of national honor societies for French and Spanish students have been established on campus.

Language Residences: As part of its educational program, the department operates three small residences—a French, a Spanish and a German house, each under the leadership of a resident director who is an assistant in the department and a native speaker of the language. While in residence, the students are expected to speak French, Spanish or German exclusively. The language residences participate in the House Fellows program, whereby instructors conduct certain courses in residential buildings.

Study Abroad: The department requires students to spend a semester studying abroad through Hood’s affiliation with programs in Seville, Spain; the Dominican Republic; Peru; Argentina; Chile; Munich and Mainz, Germany; and Toulouse and Paris, France. Language majors who do not go abroad at least one semester will spend two years in a language house on campus.

Programs offered:

  • French Major (B.A.)
  • French-German Major (B.A.)
  • German Major (B.A.)
  • Latin American Studies Major (B.A.)
  • Middle Eastern Studies Major (B.A.)
  • Spanish Major (B.A.)
  • French Minor
  • French-German Minor
  • German Minor
  • Middle Eastern Studies Minor
  • Spanish Minor