Welcome to the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures fulfills its mission by providing effective teaching of foreign languages, cultures, literatures, and language pedagogy. The Department educates students to understand the profound relationship between language and cultural identity that underlies true cross-cultural competency. Since we cannot truly understand people of other cultures without some knowledge of their language, we encourage our students to examine how language influences and sometimes determines cultural perspectives.
Specifically the language programs in the Department seek
To develop proficient students with a functional control of the four fundamental language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
To increase students' awareness, critical understanding, empathy, and respect for other cultures.
To enable students to function effectively in a changing global community.
To stress the relevance of the study of language, culture, and literature to career preparation.
To develop a lasting appreciation for language and literature as a means of broadening our understanding of human experience.