Competency in a foreign language is one of the hallmarks of the liberally educated person.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literature offers:
- a major in Spanish
- minors in Spanish, French, and Arabic & Islamic Studies
- courses in Italian for academic credit
Studying a second or third language allows the individual to communicate with people of foreign countries on their own terms and to gain firsthand, authentic knowledge of foreign cultures by allowing entrance into their world of expression and thought.
The study of another language not only opens up a foreign culture for students and gives them an acquaintance with an unfamiliar set of language conventions and forms, it also provides a contrast against which their own cultural and linguistic conventions can be perceived and better understood.
We live in an age in which the effective interaction with foreign nations is essential not only for economic prosperity, but also for mutual survival. Consequently, it is very important that students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to deal successfully with nations of differing cultural heritages.
The study of foreign language is a crucial step toward the establishment of positive lines of communication among the world’s nations.
For these reasons all graduates of the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication and Education must satisfy a foreign language requirement.
Majors and non-majors in modern languages receive a grounding in the fundamental skills of the languages: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing in humanistic oriented courses. There is special emphasis on everyday culture of the foreign country as well.
In addition, Spanish majors take advanced courses in conversation and composition, literature and full-semester courses in culture and civilization. Non-majors are also free to enroll in the more advanced courses if their language background warrants it.
Furthermore, the department counsels students on career opportunities in conjunction with the university's Career and Professional Readiness Center, works with the School of Education to prepare teachers of foreign languages, and has an effective placement program for students wishing to study abroad.
Our computer-assisted instruction programs complement in-class study.