2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 21, 2018  
2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern and Classical Languages


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.


The French language and literature courses are designed to provide opportunities for students to achieve aural, oral, and written proficiency in the language. An integral part of the curriculum is an in-depth exposure to French culture and civilization through the study of French literature in its social, historical and cultural contexts.


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.

Language Placement

In French 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 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, Italian and Portuguese.

Program and Course Listings



    The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:


    The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.