Modern and Classical Languages

The Modern and Classical Languages Department at Wheaton College offers a major or minor in both ancient (Greek, Latin and Hebrew) and modern (French, German, Spanish and Chinese) languages. You'll graduate equipped to make a difference in whatever cultural context God calls you to.


Why Study a Modern or Classical Language?

A foreign language degree is as practical as it is interesting. Many Modern or Classical Language students at Wheaton are double-majors, combining a language with majors such as archaeology, Bible and theology, business/economics, communications, psychology, philosophy or international relations.

Excellent Preparation for Life After College

In today’s global context, knowing a second language and experience studying abroad are a plus to any employer. Through Wheaton's liberal arts focus, you’ll become proficient in areas that will help you stand out from the crowd:

  • intercultural communication skills that will equip you to find your way in any cultural context   
  • the ability to ask significant questions and seek answers
  • the ability to develop original ideas
  • intellectual self-motivation to be a life-long learner and servant of Christ
  • willingness to go beyond your comfort zone and be stretched

Why Study a Modern or Classical Language at Wheaton?

The Modern or Classical Language at Wheaton offers a unique opportunity to integrate a rigorous liberal arts approach with a thoughtful Christian faith. You’ll learn the language, history and culture of your chosen major, for sure. But as you are mentored by our engaged and discerning faculty and nurtured by our close-knit student community, you’ll also explore challenging questions regarding the ways your identity as a Christian is shaped by culture.

Whether you study French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or ancient languages (Hebrew, Greek and Latin) you’ll engage texts and spiritual communities that few Americans ever experience. You’ll participate in service learning projects, share weekly meals at departmental tables in Anderson Commons, and experience various study abroad programs—all of which include home-stays, generous hospitality of host families and the chance to build relationships with Christians from other cultural contexts. You’ll learn to translate your own faith, and see God, yourself and your culture through the eyes of others.

Learn More

Interested in speaking with someone from the department? We’re happy to answer your questions. Simply email us at or call 630.752.5357.

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