The study of foreign languages and cultures is at the core of a liberal arts education, and the Modern Languages Department embraces this role at Carthage with courses and major and minor programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Majors and Minors Offered

Majors:
Chinese
French
German
Japanese
Spanish

Minors:
Chinese
French
German
Japanese
Spanish

The Modern Languages Department at Carthage equips students to work, serve, and lead in the world by preparing them to communicate using foreign languages in appropriate and culturally specific manners, and to reflect upon the role of language in human interactions and cultures.

Students who choose to major in a modern language at Carthage will be provided with experiences that will sharpen their sensitivity to and appreciation of a culture or worldview different from their own. They will take courses with native speakers, be introduced to significant works of literature, develop excellent language abilities, and study abroad for at least a full semester.

Be immersed in your language

The Modern Languages Department provides linguistic and cultural immersion experiences in the classroom, in the community, and abroad that expose students to a breadth of global cultures. All Modern Language courses are taught in the language being learned. All involve the student as an active participant. Small classes promote a relaxed atmosphere, where students communicate, play learning games, and feel comfortable honing their language skills. Target Language Experts teach introductory courses, providing a lively, authentic, and engaging learning experience.

Earn a scholarship

Carthage awards two scholarships each in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, for a total of 10 scholarships per year. These scholarships each cover 75 percent tuition per year, are renewable, and incorporate all Carthage assistance. Learn more about the Carthage Modern Languages Scholarship.

All majors study abroad

The Carthage Modern Languages Department believes that immersion in the linguistic and cultural settings of a foreign country is essential to a modern language major. Therefore all modern language majors at Carthage are structured around a required study abroad experience. Students must spend at least a full semester abroad.

Career opportunities and advancement

Knowledge of a foreign language enhances a job applicant’s attractiveness to employers, no matter what field you are in. A modern language major should be considered by students who are interested in government service, joining the Peace Corps, working in international commerce and industry, or working in criminal justice or social work. It is essential for students who wish to teach a language at the high school level or continue their language studies in graduate school.

Many Carthage language majors also major in another area. Sometimes the two majors are connected, as with international political economy or Asian studies. Sometimes the synergies are apparent to the individual student, as with physics or chemistry. The modern language major is also appropriate for students who desire a broad liberal arts education that cuts across several areas of study.