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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Dr. Stephanie Schechner

    • Chair of the Modern Languages Department and Professor of French
    • Freedom Hall, 221
    • tel: 610-499-4346


Curriculum, Modern Languages

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French Summer Research

French students at Widener recently embarked on a summer research project to identify hotspots of French-speaking immigrants in the area, so they can assist in their transition into the United States and practice conversational French. WATCH VIDEO

Studying a modern language at Widener allows students to be competitive in a job market that increasingly values international experience and cross-cultural competence. Under the guidance of distinguished faculty, students master a second language while acquiring a greater understanding of different cultures and societies.


View a selection of courses students may take in the modern languages department.

FREN 307 French Media and Society

French television news programs, radio broadcasts, Internet sites, and press articles serve as the basis for an exploration of many aspects of contemporary French culture. This course considers a broad range of issues affecting contemporary society including, but not limited to, the economy, politics, religion, public health, crime, immigration, the arts, and tourism. In addition to learning about French culture, students also discuss the role of media in French society and explore the ways in which the French represent themselves in the media.

ITAL 304 Italian Civilization and Culture

An analysis of Italian civilization from pre-Roman times to the present. This course surveys the political, social, and historical events that have shaped Italian culture. Use of audiovisual materials and Italian films are part of the program.

SPAN 340 Spanish, Latin American, and Latina Women Writers

This course focuses on the role of women in the cultural production of Spain, Latin America, and the United States, and their historical marginalization from the literary canon and the public sphere. Through drama, poetry, and prose by Spanish, Latin American, and Latina writers, the class explores issues including the construction of gender, the public and private spheres, love and friendship, mother/daughter relationships, power relations, violence, migration, and poverty.

For more information about courses and requirements for modern languages, please refer to page 51 in our course catalog.