Department Chairperson: Dr. Norval Bard
Modern and Classical Languages Faculty
The Modern Language programs prepare students to be informed global citizens by developing the linguistic and cultural skills needed to interact in personal and professional contexts throughout the world. Our programs provide instruction in a highly interactive and challenging environment while strongly advocating international experience.
The programs in Classical Civilization and Classical Languages prepare students to be informed global citizens by developing an understanding of some of the cultures and languages that have played a formative role in the shaping of our contemporary world. The Classical Civilization program provides stimulating and challenging instruction in a highly interactive and interdisciplinary environment.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers majors and minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Classical Civilization and Classical Languages. The Department also offers a full range of courses in Latin, and some courses in Arabic and Ancient Greek.
Degree offered: B.A.
Study of a second language enables students to fulfill the goals of a traditional liberal arts education while preparing them to meet the professional challenges of the future. North Central College’s commitment to fostering intercultural awareness across the curriculum makes language study particularly relevant for students in various disciplines, including Art, Business, English, History, Global Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology and Theatre. Many graduate programs in these fields require competency in a second language, and an increasing number of employers are actively seeking graduates who can demonstrate proficiency in another language.
Licensure for the teaching of language at the secondary level is available in French, German and Spanish. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages also offers courses that support the minor in English Language Learning (ELL) that language students may find interesting.
Upon completion of the major program, students should possess the speaking, writing and reading skills necessary to function effectively in a broad range of personal and professional contexts. Students will also have a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the social, political and ethnic history of another culture. The language program at North Central College provides many opportunities for students to develop their language skills in informal settings outside the classroom. Language tables, film festivals, field trips to museums, exhibits, theaters, concerts and restaurants throughout the greater Chicago area are important components of our program.
Students who would like to continue a language previously studied must take a placement exam. New freshmen and transfer students without college-level foreign language course work who studied French, German, Japanese or Spanish prior to enrolling at NCC may receive credit for work completed in high school. To receive credit, students may choose one of the following options: (1) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (see CLEP Guidelines ), or (2) Advanced Placement Test (AP) (see AP Guidelines ). Note: Students who receive credit for work completed in high school and who wish to major or minor in language are strongly encouraged to take additional course work beyond the minimum major/minor requirements.
Study Abroad is encouraged by the Department to enrich the academic and personal experiences of our students. The College currently sponsors the following study abroad opportunities that are directly related to our programs: Chinese: Beijing, Shanghai (China), Taichung (Taiwan); French: Angers (France); German: Heidelberg (Germany); Japanese: Chiba, Kameoka, Morioka, Nagoya,Tokyo (Japan); Spanish: Barcelona, Seville (Spain), San José (Costa Rica), Viña del Mar (Chile); Classical Civilization: Athens (Greece). Other opportunities may be arranged through the Center for Global Education .