The BA in foreign languages prepares students for teaching careers at the secondary school level, graduate study in languages, and research and professional work in government and private enterprise. Students chose a concentration in Chinese, French or Spanish.
The concentration in Arabic has an emphasis on developing strong language skills, including literacy and oral communication, along with an in-depth understanding of modern Arabic culture and society. Students concentrating in Arabic are expected to gain fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and a working knowledge of at least one Arabic dialect. Additionally, students will graduate with a strong background in Arab intellectual history, literature, and culture.
The concentration in Chinese prepares students for teaching careers at the secondary school level, graduate study in Chinese, and research and professional work in government and private enterprise. Language majors with Chinese concentration are encouraged to complete a minor or, if possible, a second major in another field.
The concentration in French provides students with the opportunity to study traditional academic fields like language, literature, and the culture of French and less traditional subjects such as film studies and the Francophone literatures of the Caribbean, Quebec, and Africa. This unique combination leads to a well-rounded liberal arts education that allows students to experience the full spectrum of the Francophone world.
The concentration in Spanish provides students with an opportunity to study the Spanish language in the context of the many Spanish-speaking communities across the globe. Students learn about the culture of the Hispanic world and can function as an educated person in any of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries.
The minor in Arabic has an emphasis on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are also introduced to important works of Arabic literature and culture. A minor in Arabic can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. First offered Fall 2011.
The minor in Chinese offers students the opportunity to study one of the rapidly developing ancient cultures of the world. The emphasis is on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts.
The minor in Classical studies gives students an introduction to Classical cultures and broadens their knowledge of the foundations of Western civilization
The minor in French provides students with the components of a well-rounded education in French: knowledge of the language (through conversation, composition, and grammar) combined with the study of literature and civilization.
The minor in German Studies emphasizes strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. The minor is especially valuable in combination with majors in business, computer science, government and international politics, history, music, philosophy, or another language.
The minor in Italian studies enables students to advance their Italian language skills and to study Italian culture, history, and literature from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The minor in Japanese studies helps students acquire the language skills and cultural understanding to function successfully in social settings and a variety of careers. This minor works well with any major —history, government and international politics, management, and more.
The minor in Korean Studies focuses on the acquisition of Korean linguistic and cultural knowledge from various language and interdisciplinary courses.
A minor in Latin provides students with an understanding of the literature, culture, and intellectual achievements of Roman antiquity. Students acquire the language skills and cultural understanding to function successfully in social settings and a variety of careers.
The minor in Russian provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced-level skills in the Russian language and to apply these skills to the study of Russian literature and culture. The minor enhances any major, especially those in history, government and international politics, geography, literature, theater, communication, and economics.
The minor in Spanish focuses on developing skill in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish at an advanced level.
The department offers a sequence of courses in Arabic language and culture. They provide students with the linguistic, cultural, and historical knowledge of Arabic to complement any major.
The department offers a sequence of courses in Italian language and culture. Courses in Italian give students the conversational fluency, historical understanding, and grasp of Italian that will complement any major.
The department offers a sequence of courses in Korean.
The department faculty participate in the following interdisciplinary programs: