Modern Languages and Literatures

Modern Languages Group

The study of foreign languages and literature enables students to develop the skills and competence necessary to appreciate the richness of different cultures and societies. The study of foreign languages is a necessary component of students’ general education. It increases opportunities for those interested in careers in law, international relations, foreign service, teaching, public policy and business.

Major requirements set by the department are flexible and can be, with departmental approval, adjusted to respond to individual students’ interests and needs.

Students will not receive credit for college work that duplicates other college courses, or for foreign language study completed in high school.

The modern languages curricula are based on intercollegiate, cooperative programs among the five Claremont Colleges. Claremont McKenna College offers Arabic, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish; other modern languages offered at the Claremont Colleges include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish at Pomona; French, German, Italian, Spanish at Scripps; Spanish at Pitzer; and Chinese at Harvey Mudd. Enrollment in lower level language courses requires written permission.

Bassam Frangieh
Department Chair
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont. CA 91711
(909) 607-3484

Bridgette Stokes
Administrative Assistant
Faculty Support West
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2835

The Language Placement Exam - Friday, August 29, 2014

Sponsors will meet at the front entrance to Collins to walk you to the exam location. Look for the sign for your placement exam and be ready to depart 15 minutes before the exam.

  • Arabic @ 8:00 am in Bauer South 1 (CMC)
  • French @ 8:30 am in Humanities Auditorium (Scripps College)
  • Korean @ 9:00 am in Roberts North 103 (CMC)
  • Portuguese @ 9:00 am in Roberts South 102 (CMC)
  • Spanish @ 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 am in Roberts North 15 (CMC) **For Spanish, last names beginning with A-F report at 8:00 am, G-M report at 8:30 am, N-S report at 9:00 am, T-Z report at 9:30 am.
  • Please note: Students planning to enroll in the beginning course of any language do not need to take a placement exam.

    Fulbright Winners in Modern Languages

    The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures congratulates Anna Cho, Cody Klock, Susie Lee, Carlos Rivas, and Heather Siegel, Fulbright Award winners for 2012-13. Nation-wide, over 7000 students applied for 1500 Fulbrights in teaching and research this year, and we are delighted that our students have been successful in winning this prestigious and highly competitive award.

    Carlos Rivas, (CMC) a dual major in Spanish and Government, will be teaching English in Argentina. He took classes at CMC and also studied in Buenos Aires for a semester.

    Heather Siegel, (CMC) a double major in French and Government, will teach English in Belgium. She took upper-division courses in French every semester during her four years at CMC, and during her Junior year, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. Heather wrote an honors thesis in French titled "Les ambitions de Sarkozy et le leadership français dans l’intervention en Libye de 2011". (Sarkozy's ambitions and French leadership in the 2011 intervention in Libya)

    Anna Cho (Scripps) will teach English in South Korea. She took the full complement of courses offered in Korean at CMC.

    Cody Klock (Pitzer) will teach English in South Korea. She took Korean 33 at CMC.

    Susie Lee (CMC), a double major in International Relations and Psychology, will teach English in South Korea. She took Korean 44 at CMC.

    Olivia Uranga, (CMC) will teach English in Bahrain. She took the full complement of Arabic courses offered at CMC. Olivia studied abroad in Oman during the Spring 2011 semester and participated in the CMC Summer Program in Jordan in 2011.