Department Chair: James Mitchell, Ph.D.
Mastery of a foreign language enables students to deepen their understanding of cultural differences and similarities, to exercise their responsibilities as citizens of the world, and to promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Language competency is a life skill and a career asset.
French courses in language, literature, and culture are designed to provide opportunities for students to achieve aural, oral, reading and writing proficiency in the language. An integral part of the curriculum is an in-depth exposure to French culture and civilization through the study abroad experience as well as study of French literature in its social, historical and cultural contexts. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers both a major and a minor in French.
Courses in Italian language and culture provide opportunities for students to attain significant knowledge of Italian culture and to achieve proficiency in Italian language. An integral part of the curriculum is study abroad in Italy to observe and study Italian culture and civilizations first-hand. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a minor in Italian Studies.
Spanish courses provide students with opportunities to develop their linguistic skills by learning to speak, understand, read and write Spanish, as well as to appreciate the cultures, civilizations, heritage and literatures of the Spanish speaking countries, to explore ethnic backgrounds and to promote understanding between individuals and nations. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers a major and two different minors in Spanish.
In French, Italian and Spanish, initial placement in a language class level is done by use of a placement exam. The placement exam does not capture every aspect of student ability in French, Italian or Spanish. Thus, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages reserves the right to place a student in the appropriate language class level, which may not coincide with language placement exam results.
Other Modern Languages
Opportunities are provided on a rotating basis for course work in Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:Minor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.