World language courses are applicable in a wide variety of career fields. As the interdependence of nations grows, people with language skills have distinct job market advantages. More and more universities are reinstating world language study requirements, so students who plan to transfer are advised to complete two years of language.

College of DuPage's Languages program offers transfer-level credit courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Students can use the transfer-level courses (2202, 2206, 2008, 2251 and 2252) to meet Humanities General Education requirements for associate's degrees. All 1100 to 2252 courses satisfy the Global/Multicultural Studies requirement.

The elementary sequence (1101 and 1102) develops the student's ability to speak, understand, read and write in a cultural context. Intermediate transfer-level courses (2201/2202 and 2206/2208) include reading and discussion of modern texts, conversation, composition, grammar review and cultural activities. Advanced conversation and composition courses (2251 and 2252) are offered in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. In addition, culture and civilization courses taught in English are offered about Arab nations, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America and Spain.

Study abroad programs in China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain offer an additional opportunity to enrich the study of language and culture.

View the Languages online brochure

Course Descriptions


Advanced course placement is recommended for students who previously have studied a foreign language. Students who have had one year of high school language study generally should begin College of DuPage work at the 1102 level; students with two years of high school language generally should begin at the 1102 or 2201 level. Spanish students with three or more years of high school Spanish should begin at the 2201 or 2251 level. Students with questions about proper placement or level of competence should consult with the appropriate language instructor listed under "Advisors" before enrolling.

Credit by Demonstrated Competence

Credit for 1101 and 1102 classes in some languages may also be earned by Credit by Demonstrated Competence. Procedures for earning credit are available from the Testing Center office. Contact the Testing Center office, (630) 942-2401 for fee information and a list of exams.

Please note that there is a limit of 42 semester credit hours, from Credit by Proficiency or Credit by Examination, that may be applied toward a College of DuPage degree and that no grade will be received for this credit. Some four year schools may not accept credit that is earned by proficiency.  It is the student's responsibility to check on these considerations before applying for Credit by Demonstrated Competence.

Faculty Advisors

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an e-mail, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Donna Gillespie, Spanish
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625B, (630) 942-3513

Edith Jaco, Spanish/Arabic
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625E, (630) 942-3332

Elizabeth Mares, Spanish
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625A, (630) 942-3937

Mirta Pagnucci, French/Italian
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625C, (630) 942-3116

Shingo Satsutani, Japanese/Chinese
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625F, (630) 942-2019

Bärbel E. Thoens-Masghati, German
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2625D, (630) 942-3323

If you are unable to contact an advisor, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2047.


Contact Information

Sandra Martins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Humanities and Speech Communication
(630) 942-2174

Liberal Arts Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2047


New Language Courses

New on campus and online courses.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Edith Jaco

    Edith JacoLanguages

    "I enjoy teaching because it is a way I can share my experiences living abroad with my students. Teaching allows me to help my students discover themselves and understand others. It gives me immense satisfaction to see my students flourish as they learn and enjoy their achievements in the new language."

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  • Donna Gillespie

    Donna GillespieLanguages

    "What a rewarding experience to be able to teach students a language and culture that I am so passionate about. I hope my students gain a new perspective on the Spanish language and Hispanic culture."

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  • Mirta Pagnucci

    Mirta PagnucciLanguages

    "I continue to search and experiment with ways to create an atmosphere of immersion and engagement in the language classroom. I want the students to learn to speak the language and enjoy the class as much as I do."

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  • Elizabeth Mares

    Elizabeth MaresLanguages

    "To see my students' amazement in Central America, their ability to hold a conversation in Spanish at a central market, or their appreciation of diverse cultures blossom, that is what inspires me to teach."

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  • Bärbel E. Thoens-Masghati

    Bärbel E. Thoens-MasghatiLanguages

    "The world does not revolve around one language or culture, so it’s important to embrace and learn more about other cultures, even if it’s learning a few simple things."

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  • Shingo Satsutani

    Shingo SatsutaniLanguages

    "I knew I'd become a teacher because of the good teachers I encountered during elementary school, high school and college. Although early on, I didn't know I wanted to be a teacher."

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