In an increasingly interconnected world, knowing how to speak two or more languages is a skill that’s in growing demand no matter where you live.
Whether you choose the Foreign Language Major, a Foreign Language Minor, or the Teacher Education track, our program prepares you to communicate and connect in the multilingual and multicultural world we share, expanding the range of professional opportunities open to you and increasing your power to act as citizen of the world. Our classrooms and lab provide you with a multicultural and vibrant environment for your learning.
Our curriculum aims to produce graduates who are functionally proficient in all three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational). In our small classes, you'll get intensive and effective practice in all skill areas -- speaking, reading, writing, listening and culture -- as described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines and the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.
While significant emphasis is placed on the functional application of languages, the department vigorously continues to teach the traditional literatures of the present concentrations in French, German and Spanish. We strive also to expand the canon of these literatures to include as diverse a variety of time periods, geographical, and ethnic elements as possible. In addition to its current concentrations, the department will aggressively seek to provide training in other languages as need and opportunity arise.
All third and fourth semester courses (2201G and 2202G) may be counted to meet the Humanities General Education requirement.
Choose from three languages of concentration (Spanish, French, German) and four customized Selections (Selection I-IV).
Use your high school classes to jump ahead. With 4 years of high school study, many students start at the 3000 level. You need 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level to complete your Minor.
We offer a Teacher Education Major as well as Teacher Education Minor in Spanish, French, and German.
ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
Students in all our programs enhance their language skills and boost their résumés through...
Weekly Conversation Tables
Latin American Studies events