Language Study

At the top of Tempel Green, professors and students create Chinese characters for others to see.

Learning through world language courses and off-campus experiences.

Languages are strong here, and getting even stronger.

In June 2009, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded us a $375,000 grant for a major new language initiative. The Mellon Initiative further enhanced the brilliant international environment at Connecticut College.

In 2014, Connecticut College was awarded $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support international initiatives and foster integration in global studies. The grant funding will support initiatives over the next three years to better integrate international experiences into the curriculum, and to enhance College strategies for global education, including foreign language learning and study abroad. Read the Jan. 28, 2014, news release about the Mellon Foundation grant. 

The accent is on cultural and colloquial fluency

We focus on cultural and colloquial fluency along with the more traditional literature studies. Classes are small and enhanced with technology. You might analyze YouTube videos, Skype with partners overseas or tune in to an iPod loaded with music, poetry and cartoons. Live in Knowlton Language House, our international residence hall, or drop by the 1973 Room in Harris for lunch at one of the language tables. (No English allowed!) Practice your language skills by joining the foreign language fellows for an intensive, but relaxed, one-on-one chat. Keep it going at an array of language events such as foreign film nights, French Scrabble and international meals with live music.

You can take courses in the following:

Internationalize your major

If you start in your first year, you can achieve advanced proficiency even in a language you’ve never studied before. Languages will help you internationalize any major, increase your opportunities for study or internships abroad and prepare you to flourish in a global society. Winning combinations from current students and recent grads include:

  • Economics with French
  • Art history with Italian
  • Environmental studies with Russian
  • History with German
  • Neuroscience with Japanese studies
  • International relations with Chinese