Department Chair: James G. 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 promote understanding between individuals and nations by exploring the cultures, civilizations, heritage and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world while providing students with opportunities to develop their capacity to speak, understand, read and write Spanish. Students also learn to appreciate the diverse ethnic backgrounds of those who speak Spanish around the globe. 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 regular basis for elementary course work in Arabic and Portuguese. On occasion, other languages such as German or Mandarin Chinese may be offered at the elementary level.
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.