The mission of the Department of Modern Languages is to offer a superior education in the areas of Spanish and French, both spoken and written. The Department will offer courses designed to help students understand not only the spoken language for comprehension and oral competence, but the major literary works in that language, including poetry, fiction, and drama. Finally, the Department will provide the student with a working knowledge of the culture as a system of communication that includes such aspects as facial expression, gesture, group organization, art, music, and many other nonverbal forms. Graduates with a baccalaureate in Modern Language will acquire competency and depth in all the major dimensions of modern languages.
The undergraduate program in Modern Languages is designed to prepare students for a variety of fields, including teaching, publishing, translating, and interpreting, advertising, health care, public relations, international business and government service. The minor or double-major in French or Spanish provides excellent pre-professional training for fields such as law, medicine, journalism or business, and international relations. Specifically, the objective of the undergraduate program is:
To appreciate the languages and literatures of a multi-cultural society
- To develop mastery of essential skills in oral and written communication.
- To develop technological skills necessary for success
- To develop the theories and techniques used in current research methods and scholarly practice.
- To gain the ability to communicate with users of other languages other than English
- To provide a comprehensive knowledge of the authors, genres, periods, terms, theories, and concepts important for an understanding of literatures written in French or Spanish
- To obtain experience provided through study abroad and international programs