The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is a large and diverse department with students and faculty from all around the world. There are approximately 200 majors, 40 teaching majors, and 650 minors in the Department studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. In addition to our language courses, there are also classes available in Classical Cultures.
At a practical level, most of the people in the world do not speak English as a native language and one of the main reasons for Americans to study world languages is to gain a better knowledge of the multicultural modern world in which we live. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is a gateway to opportunity and success in today’s interconnected world. Mastering another language can enhance employability in a wide range of fields, from financial services to journalism to diplomacy. Almost every industry today is diversifying linguistically and culturally.
Of course, language and culture studies can also enrich people’s lives away from the classroom and work, too. Modern Languages and Classics faculty are dedicated to helping every learner achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We believe small classes are key to helping language students excel in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cross-cultural awareness and communication.
In our Department, we are also committed to getting students out of the classroom and into real-world language experiences. Service learning and immersive learning projects engage students in our local communities and exchange and study abroad opportunities place students around the world. All our majors and minors are encouraged to spend time studying in a place where their language is spoken.
Studying another language or culture will allow students to expand their worldview, develop cross-cultural understanding, improve communication skills, enhance self-awareness, and increase employment opportunities.
Languages truly open doorways to the world!
Please join us in opening the world of possibilities to students in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.