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Spanish and French Honor Societies

The Modern Languages and Literature department has chapters of two national honor societies for students demonstrating outstanding work in a language, literature and culture:

  • Pi Delta Phi for French
  • Sigma Delta Pi for Spanish

In the spring, each society inducts new members in a ceremony and reception that celebrates the respective cultures.

Annual Language Performance

Annual language performance is a long tradition in our department. Students perform for an audience of peers in the languages they are learning. They demonstrate excellent language skills and other talents by singing, dancing, acting in short plays, producing film episodes, participating in fashion shows, and more. Join us in celebrating the fun of using another language

Cultural Events

The department often cohosts events that expose students to various aspects of the cultures they are studying. Such events may include poetry readings, invited speakers, musical performances, film showings and theater outings.

A musical troupe

A musical troupe gave a presentation about Candombe and a performance using the typical drums of this rhythm. Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan musical style that developed in Montevideo, Uruguay, and fuses African and Uruguayan cultures.

Special Trips

Chilean Patagonia

Professors Laura Rademacher (Earth & Environmental Sciences) and Traci Roberts-Camps (Modern Languages & Literature) organized a spring break trip to Chilean Patagonia as a way to meld studies of culture and geology. The Spanish and Geology students who went had the experience of a lifetime. Read their account of the adventure.