About the Major
The Department of Foreign Languages at Wilson College offers majors and minors in French and Spanish, as well as minors in German and Latin. We also offer literature and culture courses in translation.
Our courses are designed to provide students with rigorous training in both oral and written expression. Through critical study and analysis of foreign literatures, philosophies, and cultures from ancient times to the present , our students learn not only about worlds outside their own, but also develop new perspectives on their own cultures and communities.
The Department sponsors weekly Language Tables for French and Spanish, a wonderful opportunity for all members of the Wilson Community to come together and practice their conversational skills over a meal. The Department also organizes Foreign Film Nights, with regularly scheduled French, German, and Spanish language films, and other cultural activities ( such as the Cervantes/Don Quijote celebration, on the 400th anniversary of the novel’s publication).
Language students are strongly encouraged to travel to foreign countries and to participate in Study Abroad programs sponsored either through Wilson or other approved institutions.
Students who major in French should attain a reasonable knowledge of both French and Francophone worlds. Students will be provided with a suggested reading list. In addition, it is highly recommended that students in this major spend time working or studying in a country where French is a primary language.
Students who major in Spanish should attain a reasonable knowledge of both Spanish and Spanish- American worlds. Students will be provided with a suggested reading list. In addition, it is highly recommended that students in this major spend time working or studying in a country where Spanish is the primary language.