The Department of Languages at Hendrix College offers majors and minors in Classics, French, and Spanish, as well as a minor in Chinese and beginning courses in German. Our programs in modern languages are designed to develop written and oral communication skills in the target languages, to promote global awareness through the study of different cultures and peoples, and to encourage aesthetic appreciation through the study of literature, film, and culture. Our program in Classics encourages students to develop a multi-faceted view of Greek and Roman antiquity through an interdisciplinary study of language, literature, history, and philosophy.
Language students at Hendrix find numerous opportunities to enrich their language experience through supplemental or extracurricular activities. Students may choose to join language table discussion groups at mealtimes, attend showings of foreign films, or participate in study-abroad programs in Europe, Asia, or South America, for example. The Language House offers students the chance to live in a dormitory in which the Resident Director is a native speaker and where residential life is centered around the use of the target language. The Language House rotates annually.