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Foreign Languages and Literature

Foreign Languages & Literature


Welcome to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature!

We are delighted that you are considering a career involving foreign languages, either as a stand-alone discipline or as a value-added complement to another major. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at SIUE offers graduate and undergraduate courses dealing with the language, literature, culture, and history of many countries. We currently offer courses in nine different world languages.

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Current News:

Summer 2019:

Prof. Debbie Mann and students, studying abroad in Quebec, Canada

Debbie Mann and Students in Quebec

Spring 2019:

Each spring, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes student achievement at its annual Honors Day Convocation. The FLL department is proud of its students and applauds their successes, below are photos of our students and sponsors. Congratulations to all the hard-working students that were recognized!

honors student Nathan Head and sponsor Joan CondelloneSponsor Paul Obernuefemann with honor students (L to R) Amber Pocuca, Ryan Roberts, George Diak, and Jessica Leopold

Pictured above:
1. Nathan Head and Joann Condellone
2. Paul Obernuefemann with (L to R) Amber Pocuca, Ryan Roberts, George Diak, and Jessica Leopold.

Congratulations to all the URCA students who have worked with  Dr. Carolina Rocha and presented their research at various conferences and symposiums this Spring semester. These students include Rachel Liefel, Miranda Foley, Ethan Hill, Jennifer Gaytan, and Allison Norris (pictured below). 

URCA Student Allison Norris at presentation

Best wishes to our Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Wajdi Balloumi, after gaining national recognition for being a model scholar for SIUE. Check out the article here

Fall 2018: 

Professor Belinda Carthens-Wickham recently participated in the 2018 Notre Dame Berlin Seminar in Germany’s capital city, Berlin. This event brings American scholars of German literary and cultural studies together with experts and leading figures of Germany’s literary scene. Find more information on this seminar here

German professor

Are you interested in all things German and want to get involved on campus? Check out information on SIUE's German Club here!

students in German Culture ClubGerman Culture Club sign

Dr. Mann shares photos with students from the 2017 Québec trip. 

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Spring 2018: Check out the exciting undergraduate research projects from the semester here.

Congratulations to the students who went through the French Honor Society ceremony!

French honors society ceremonyFrench honors society ceremonyFrench honors society ceremony

July-August 2018: Be sure to sign up for the wonderful foreign language courses being offered this Summer 2018. 

  • French course information here.
  • Spanish course information here.

April 2018: Famous visual artist, Alberto Lescay, visits Dr. Bezhanova's Spanish Class to discuss his art and Cuban culture. 

Bezhanovas Class PictureALberto LascayBezhanovas Class Picture

February 2018: Professor Carolina Rocha publishes her newest book, "Argentine Cinema and National Identity". Order your very own copy here

January 2018: SIUE's Stephanie Olivares earns competitive scholarship from the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. Check out the article on our Spanish minor here

October 2017: Professor Carolina Rocha's Spanish course makes the news for their Service Learning in Fairmont City. Read the Alton Telegraph article here.

Student Opportunities:

Are you interested in using your foreign language skills for student programs and career opportunities in the U.S. Department of State?

  • Check out information on U.S. Department of State: Careers Representing America here.

Check out this list of scholarship opportunities involving foreign languages here.

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Check out this list of current job openings involving foreign languages here.

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Register for any of our 9 Foreign Languages 
Major or Minor in: French, German and Spanish
Focus in: Chinese, French, German and Spanish
We also have Interdisciplinary Minors in:




Succeed With Us
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, your language skills open the door to exciting job opportunities. Bilinguals earn more than their monolingual counterparts, according to national job statistics. In the SIUE Department Foreign Languages and Literature , your education is not confined to a classroom - It spans every corner of the globe. Once you earn your degree you’ll be prepared for an exciting career that could take you anywhere. In other words, we put the world at your fingertips.

This page is currently under construction. Stay tuned for new and exciting changes. 



Alumni: Keep in Touch
Calling all SIUE Foreign Languages and Literature Alumni, tell us what you are doing!

Already know a foreign language?
Proficiency exams are available in French, German, and Spanish, click here for details.

Conversation Hours
An excellent opportunity to improve and practice your speaking skills in Spanish, French, and German. Click here for details.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Expand your horizons and education. Click here for details.
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