Information for Students

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a professor talks to a class
  • Student Groups
  • All Students Interested in Asia (A.S.I.A.)
  • Hispanic Organization of Language Activities (H.O.L.A.)

Club C.A.F.E.

Club CAFÉ: Rhodes’s student-run French Club, Club CAFÉ, is a vibrant group that allows students with an interest in French and Francophone cultures to connect campus wide, to reach out to the local Francophone community, and to participate in French-related cultural activities in Memphis. In the spring of 2010, Club CAFÉ members partnered with other campus organizations to raise $5000 for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, and in 2012 raised funds to donate to a residential girls’ school in Morocco. The club sponsors the campus’s annual, well-loved “Stinky Cheese Contest,” gathers weekly for lunch and informal conversation at the “Table française,” and organizes movie, crêpe-making,  and game nights, outings to French-related events in Memphis, including trips see theater performances in town ( “Les Miserables” at Playhouse on the Square in 2013 and to “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Orpheum Theater in 2014), wine-tastings and picnics on campus complete with croquet and boules competitions!  In 2014, we inaugurated the first-annual “Tour de Midtown” bike excursion to a French café in downtown Memphis. 

For more information about upcoming events, please join the Facebook page of the Club CAFÉ and the French section, French@Rhodes.


MLL Honor Societies

French National Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi
German Honor Society, Delta Phi Omega
Russian Honor Society, Dobro Slovo
Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi


Language Tables

Language tables take place weekly in the Rat over lunch. They provide opportunities to practice the target language in an informal setting with faculty, staff, and students at all linguistic levels. The times and meeting days of specific language tables are available on each language section′s web page.



Modern Languages 460. Internship. (1-3 credit hours)
Internships in foreign languages, which are normally arranged by the Director of Career Services, are occasionally available and permit a qualified student to receive academic credit for an off-campus experience by working with either a business or non-profit organization. The internship, which requires of the student an advanced competence in a foreign language, must entail a significant encounter with a foreign language, written and/or spoken, and maintenance of an appropriate journal as well as a final written evaluation of the internship. Placements must be approved by a faculty member who teaches the language in question and the chair of the department.


Awards in Modern Languages

The Jared E. Wenger Award is presented annually to the most accomplished senior in the study of French, German, Russian or Spanish. Candidates for the award have acquired a superior, idiomatic grasp of at least one modern language and have developed distinguished critical-thinking skills in the analysis of its literatures and cultures.

The Li Xiuying Memorial Award for Chinese Language Excellence is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated a record of Chinese language excellence at elementary and/or intermediate level as well as great enthusiasm for the study of Chinese language and culture. 

The Thakkar-Freeman Award in Chinese Studies is given annually to a distinguished minor in Chinese.


Advanced Placement Credit Policy

Students who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP exam in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish will receive 4 credits of that language′s 201 course only if they scored at the 202 level or higher on the placement test and after approval by the appropriate language faculty. A student who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP but who does not achieve proficiency based on the placement test and faculty approval does not receive any credit for the AP exam and must take the 201 course in order to earn that credit and proficiency.