Students have the opportunity to learn a language they have never studied or to build on their existing language skills. Those pursuing majors and minors in SoLaL can choose courses with content ranging from literary and cultural studies to business applications to linguistics and second language acquisition. Each unit in SoLaL (Classical Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, and Spanish and Hispanic Studies) combines in-class learning with out-of-class experience through various activities, such as theatre, symposia, concerts, trips, conversation groups, and, most important, the opportunity to study in the language through one of our many exchange programs.
In addition to culture and literature seminars offered in the source languages, we offer courses that are accessible to students who may not have an extensive background in that language. This allows students to expand their cultural horizons through the examination of such topics as Myth and Fairy Tales, Renaissance Lovers and Fools, and Holocaust & WWII in Lit. & Film, What is a Classic, and Narratives of Migration, among others.