The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
offers diverse programs of language, cultural studies,
linguistics, literature, and teacher education aimed at meeting
the varying needs of today's students.
In our rapidly evolving world, we must lower barriers to understanding.
Communicating effectively in a foreign language is not simply
an exercise in the acquisition of linguistic skills. In learning
another language, we also gain insight into the thinking of
another culture (often very different from our own); insights
which afford us the perspective necessary to examine critically
our own cultural values. In our department, we view language,
culture, linguistics and literature as integrally related facets
of the complex phenomenon of human communication which help
us better understand ourselves, each other, our values, and
our roles in a changing multicultural world.
Students interested in developing language and cultural competence
find a variety of programs in Modern Languages and Literatures.
Programs are designed for those who wish to pursue more advanced
studies of language and literatures, as well as for the growing
number of people who will find ability to communicate
in other languages and sensitivity to other cultures important
components in career preparation in the United States and abroad.
Our programs are designed for those planning careers in education,
government, social services, translation services, assessment,
literature and the expanding areas of international business.
Our goal is to assist students in developing competence in
other languages by teaching the most of our courses
in the target language. We strive to deepen students' knowledge
about language and the humanities through various means—reading
representative authors in the language in which they wrote,
familiarizing students with the cultural traditions of the
peoples whose language they study, and expanding students'
knowledge of linguistics and socio-cultural context. As a department
engaged in service learning, many of our majors apply their
growing knowledge of languages and cultures to real community