The Department of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies
offers the Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish, minors in French,
Spanish, and German, and a French and Spanish secondary education
major. Course offerings include Chinese and Sign Language, and may
include Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian. The major programs require
a departmentally approved study abroad experience.
The Department's mission is to foster students' abilities to
think critically, and to communicate accurately and creatively,
in another language. Critical reflection in our department often
centers upon the products, practices, and perspectives of language
communities both within and outside of the United States. The course
offerings for the major and minor programs are based upon the following
academic disciplines of language study within a liberal arts tradition:
literature, cultural studies, and applied linguistics.
In the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening),
a major in French and Spanish should expect to reach the ACTFL advanced-low
level, while a minor in French, Spanish, or German should expect
to reach the ACTFL intermediate level. This expectation is supported
by the department’s belief that a study abroad immersion experience
is the best way for students to attain linguistic and cultural proficiency.
With a liberal arts degree from the Department of Modern Languages
and Intercultural Studies, language majors have many career options
available to them upon graduation: education, international education,
international business, media, journalism, government and social
work, the medical and legal professions, tourism, and many others.
The major also prepares students for graduate work in literature,
linguistics, education, and cultural and international studies.