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Theology major Jake Grefenstette ’16 spending year in Beijing through prestigious Yenching Scholar program

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars. Read More

9th Chinese Speech Contest Comes to a Close

Author: EALC

The 9th Chinese speech contest took place on April the 13th, having students across all years of Chinse giving prepared speeches to their classmates, teachers, and a panel of judges.  Students' speeches were all self written and memorized, and the topics varied from stories of home to political opinions to how they first became intersted in Chinese.  Winners selected by the judges from each level of Chinese are given the chance to participate in the 2016 US Midwest "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest to be held April 23, 2016 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.   A comprehensive list of the winners from this year's Chinese Speech Contest is as follows: Read More

Video: Students Learn Chinese Through Immersive Summer Language Program

Author: Todd Boruff

China Summer Language Program

“Studying Chinese opens the doors to different ways of thinking,” said junior John Fox. “It helped a lot to be able to come here and study abroad this summer and to experience such a great city.” Fox was one of several Notre Dame students to participate in the 2015 China Summer Language Program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters. Students honed their Chinese language skills at Peking University in Beijing, both in the classroom and one-on-one with an instructor. Students in the program typically advance the equivalent of one full year of study in just eight weeks. Read More

Video: Learning Korean During a Summer in Seoul

Author: Todd Boruff


Notre Dame junior Allison Emeott didn’t just study Korean this summer. She was immersed in it. “You get to use what you learn and talk to people,” she said. “It’s really inspiring because when you’re surrounded by people speaking a language, you want to learn more and you just want to become a part of the community." Emeott, an applied mathematics and Asian studies major, spent the summer of 2015 intensively studying in Seoul, South Korea. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters, she received a grant from the Summer Language Abroad program, which provides funding up to $5,500 for individual summer foreign language study abroad. Read More

Video: History Alumnus James Moynihan ’73 on the Professional Benefits of Learning a Language

Author: Todd Boruff

James Moynihan

“English is the spoken tongue throughout the world, but it pays great dividends for you if you make a sincere effort to study and use the language,” said James Moynihan ’73. “It was most beneficial (to me) and I highly recommended it, and obviously it’s had a very, very positive effect upon my career.” Moynihan is the director of Louis Vuitton Japan’s intellectual property department, based in the company’s Tokyo offices. He formerly served as a legal attache for the FBI at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Read More

Video: Who Hires Liberal Arts Majors?

Author: Todd Boruff

Notre Dame Job Fair

Graduates of the College of Arts and Letters are in demand in the business world. Through a broad liberal arts education, Arts and Letters students develop problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills—attributes that recruiters from major companies are seeking in college graduates. When companies like Vanguard, Epic Systems, Abercrombie & Fitch, and General Mills come to campus looking to recruit new employees, Arts and Letters students find great jobs. Read More