Our vision is to promote multicultural and international education and
provide opportunities to develop a command of foreign languages. Students are encouraged to relate to people of differentcultures and to communicate
successfully in a variety of contexts through a curriculum based on
nationally recognized pedagogy and established requirements.
The Department of
Foreign Languages supports the liberal arts and science mission of the
university by its emphasis on the intellectual enrichment of individuals
through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, while
addressing the practical goal of providing a broad constituency with
the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary for
responsible citizenship in an era characterized by rapid new
developments in global communication.
The curriculum prepares
students for language acquisition and written and oral proficiency for a
variety of purposes; from career-related language and cultural skills to
the preparation for teaching or graduate study to personal cultural and
linguistic enrichment. Through the rigorous curriculum offerings of
major and minor program in different languages, the department strives
to enable students to relate to people of different cultures and to
communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.
The curriculum offers
in-person learning, web-enhanced courses and experiential learning
through study abroad immersion, practicum, internships, and independent
study opportunities. The variety of teaching modalities,
moreover, emphasize the importance of service learning and civic
engagement in the development of leadership skills including critical
analysis, problems solving, teamwork, effective oral and written
communications necessary in the 21st century workplace.
The Department faculty
are scholars committed to excellence in teaching , to maintaining,
advancing and disseminating knowledge of languages, cultures
and literatures in their subject matter, and to maintaining and
advancing their own pedagogical and technical skills as teachers in
a foreign language.