Modern Foreign Languages Programs

The Modern Foreign Language Department offers several programs to broaden students' understanding and experience of the languages and the various country's cultures.

Major Concentrations:

French

Dominican’s French major concentrates on the language and cultures of the peoples of France and the Francophone world. All courses except FREN 289, Introduction to French Cinema, are conducted in French.

French majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond FREN 201, Intermediate French. Required courses focus on:

  • Advanced language skills, including oral fluency, grammar and composition

  • History, literature and culture of France and the Francophone world

All French majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at Dominican’s program in the beautiful university town of Poitiers, France, and wish to have these courses count towards the French major must get prior written approval from the French discipline director.

Italian

Dominican’s Italian major concentrates on the language and cultures of the people of Italy. Advanced courses place particular emphasis on the historical and cultural aspects of Italian-language literature.

Italian majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond ITAL 201, Intermediate Italian. Required courses focus on:

  • Advanced language skills

  • Italian civilization and culture

  • Literature of Italy

All Italian majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at one of Dominican’s programs overseas and wish to have these courses count towards the Italian major must get prior written approval from the Italian discipline director.

Spanish

Dominican’s Spanish major concentrates on the language and cultures of the peoples of Spain and the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. Advanced courses place particular emphasis on the historical and cultural aspects of Spanish-language literature.

Spanish majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond SPAN 201, Intermediate Spanish. Required courses focus on:

  • Advanced language skills

  • Civilization and culture of Spain or Hispanic America

  • Literature of Spain

  • Literature of Hispanic America

SPAN 304, Professional Spanish, is the advanced study of written and oral Spanish as it applies to business and other professional careers. Upon completing this popular course, students will be able to sit for the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Certification examination.

All Spanish majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at one of Dominican’s programs overseas and wish to have these courses count towards the Spanish major must get prior written approval from the Spanish discipline director.

 

German:

Students can take up to 16 credit hours of German at Dominican.  Additional courses can be taken by participating in the Salzburg Study Abroad program and enrolling in advanced courses at Elmhurst College.

GERM 101, Elementary German I
GERM 102, Elementary German II
GERM 201, Intermediate German
GERM 202, Communicating in German

This course sequence is especially helpful for Honors students who studied German in high school or wish to begin German at the university level. It also provides a good option for those who seek to complete Dominican’s foreign language requirement. German will also fulfill the language requirement for International Relations and Diplomacy majors. All interested students are welcome.