No one language contains the sum of human knowledge. And in fact, Oberlin’s most vibrant discussions aren’t just held in English. Our language programs connect you to the larger world.
Oberlin faculty offer courses in a dozen world languages. In most cases, Oberlin offers language learners a full language sequence, from beginning through advanced, although in some cases offerings are more limited. Many Oberlin programs feature upper-division courses on a range of subjects taught in languages other than English, or in English and another language as part of the Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) initiative.
Students interested in learning languages not offered through the regular course catalog are encouraged to explore the Experimental College , which in the past has offered courses in languages such as Korean, Turkish, American Sign Language, and Portuguese; to consult faculty with particular language skills; or to discuss their options with Jessica Greenfield, the director of the Cooper International Learning Center and with the Office of Study Away.
- Arabic - Middle East and North Africa Studies
- Chinese - East Asian Studies Program
- Classics: Ancient Greek & Latin - Department of Classics
- French - Department of French and Italian
- German - Department of German Language and Literatures
- Modern Hebrew - Jewish Studies Program
- Italian - Department of French and Italian
- Japanese - East Asian Studies Program
- Russian - Department of Russian Language, Literature and Culture
- Spanish - Department of Hispanic Studies
Exposure to and understanding a world language opens doors to learning about other components that represent the language: music, books, art, history, culture, and more. Listen as faculty share what they enjoy about researching, teaching, and speaking a world language.