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The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is part of the College of Liberal Arts and shares its vision for equipping well-rounded students for entry into the global community. Communication skills, linguistic dexterity, critical thinking and cultural awareness provide learners with the practical tools they will need in today’s competitive, multilingual marketplace; of equal importance is the broader understanding of society the student acquires through cultural exchange in the target language.

Our diverse course offerings range from basic-intermediate-advanced language studies and traditional linguistics and literature courses to topic-driven courses in film, cultural identity, and foreign language business. Students also can benefit from interdisciplinary “Languages Across the Curriculum” and “Service Learning” outreach courses that extend the classroom beyond the traditional campus. Students pursuing foreign language majors and minors and graduate degrees enjoy myriad careers in the fields of business, communications, education and government; many cite their foreign language skills as the foundation for their continued studies in medicine, law, business, and academia.

Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education: to educate is to lead out of confinement and narrowness and darkness.

Department News

Traci S. O'BrienGreetings from the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures!
We welcome all prospective students, our faithful Alumni, as well as members of the faculty/staff and community.

We hope you can join us for some of our events throughout the year. We would like to thank all of you for your generous support, on which the success of our faculty and students depends. Your donations make it possible for us to offer our students instruction of the highest quality, opportunities to study abroad, state-of-the-art technology, and experiences that make a real difference in our students' personal and professional lives. Please continue your support through donations to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and do not hesitate to visit us when you are in town.

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