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French and Russian studies at Illinois State opened doors for alum

An update from Amber Landis ’93, who graduated from Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a bachelor’s degree in French and a minor in Russian:

My foreign language studies at Illinois State University gave me the edge to study Comparative and World Literature, by allowing me to read texts in multiple, original languages. Many people like world literature, but can only read it in translation.

Studying abroad in Angers, France helped improve my French immensely. It also helped broaden my global perspective, and I have been able to travel (and teach) in several other countries during my career; Mexico, South Korea, and China.

I went on to study Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, and I am now an associate professor in the Humanities Department at Parkland College in Champaign.

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