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 Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean 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 opportunities to study Spanish language as well as Latin American, Latinx and Spanish cultures, film studies, linguistics and literature. Study abroad and service-learning opportunities are also available. Students in the Spanish concentration can apply to the Accelerated MA program, which allows them begin graduate study while still completing their BA and to earn a BA AND an MA in as little as five years.
The concentration in Korean prepares students to perform professional work in the field of translation, international relations, local and federal government, transnational enterprise, cultural industry and teaching careers in Korea or at local public schools and to pursue graduate studies in Korean or Korean studies. The concentration in Korean has an emphasis on developing solid Korean language proficiency skills, technical translation skills, and in-depth understanding of both South and North Korean society and culture.
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. Students often pursue the minor in conjunction with the major in various fields, including global affairs, criminology, business, communication, international politics, and linguistics, to expand their career horizons.
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.
In addition to promoting the development of advanced spoken and written Spanish for second language learners as well as heritage speakers, the Minor in Spanish offers interdisciplinary coursework in Latin American, Latinx and Spanish culture, film, linguistics and literature. Study abroad and service-learning opportunities are also available, making the minor in Spanish an excellent complement to a wide range of majors.
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 wide range of course options in Korean language and culture to meet students’ diversified needs. The program’s mission is to help students build a strong foundation in the Korean language as well as intercultural competence, which are required in any career paths that they will take including higher education, international relations, transnational corporations, federal and local governments, and other global cultural industries. Korean majors and minors are given ample opportunities for experiential and integrative learning through film projects, language exchange, student conference, internships, and various study abroad programs.
The department offers numerous Spanish language classes for second language learners and heritage speakers, as well as courses on Latin American, Latinx and Spanish cultures, film studies, linguistics and literature. Spanish degree programs include the Minor in Spanish, the Major in Foreign Languages with a Concentration in Spanish, traditional and accelerated MA programs, and a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Heritage Language education.
The department faculty participate in the following interdisciplinary programs: