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Language and International Honor Societies

Outstanding students in French, Spanish, and Chinese, as well as students from across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who engage in significant study abroad programs are inducted into the following Honor Societies:

  • Pi Delta Phi: The National French Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi: The National Spanish Honor Society
  • NCHS: The National Chinese Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Delta: The International Honor Society

Foreign Language Paper Colloquium and International Poetry Readings

Every spring, select students are invited to present original work from research papers or poetry readings in the languages during our spring Honor Society Inductions and Paper Colloquium/Poetry readings. The following are some of the recent award winning papers and essays from outstanding students:

  • Alexandra Livesey: « Le racisme ici et là : Une étude du thème mondial du racisme dans quelques œuvres francophones » or “Racism Here and There: A Study of the World Theme of Racism in Several Francophone Works.”
  • Isabella Cadavid Baron: « Le rôle des femmes dans la littérature francophone » or « The Role of Women in Francophone Literature. »
  • Mandy Fleischman : “Las ruedas de la vida: la búsqueda de la felicidad en Carne Trémula de Pedro Almodóvar” or “Wheels of Life: The Search for Happiness in Pedro Almodóvar’s Live Flesh.”
  • Jennifer Barrientos: “El desarrollo de la conciencia social ante el sentimiento anti-inmigrante en el teatro y cine español” or “The Development of Social Consciousness regarding Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Spanish Theater and Film.”

Poetry Reading

Honors Program in Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Students who have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.5 average in the major may be invited by the department to become a candidate for the Honors Program in Foreign Languages. In the fall semester of the senior year, students work independently, and with close supervision by a faculty member in the department on a Senior Honors Thesis in a subject of interest to the student. The student will register for an Independent Research and Study course for three credit hours in both the fall and spring. The student presents the thesis to the faculty on or before April 15 and will be awarded Honors by the department upon successful completion of the Senior Honors Thesis.

The following are some of the recent student honors theses:

  • Margaret Oswald: “La Llorona: El producto de las zonas de contacto” or “The Llorona Legend: Product of Cultural Contact Zones”
  • Alexandra Livesey: “High School Students’ Perceptions of their Language Learning Process”
  • Veronica Villacres:  “La búsqueda de la identidad mágica en El país de los locos de Gustavo Arango” or “The Search for Magical Identity in El país de los locos by Gustavo Arango”
  • Brittany Chessler: « Écrire comme acte de résistance: les écrivains résistants en France et en Allemagne » or «Writing as a Form of Resistance : Resistance Writers in France and Germany»
  • Cameron Cook: “La Précarité du palimpseste dans la littérature urbaine française:  Le Cas d'Abd al Malik” or “Precarious Palimpsest in Urban French Literature: The Case of Abd al Malik” 

Thesis Presentation

Thesis Presentation

Thesis Presentation