The department of foreign languages provides its major, minor and recognition students with strong linguistic and cultural competence, offering majors and minors in French and Spanish. A minor in German is also offered. In the liberal arts tradition, our department works in close collaboration with many departments on campus; however, we work most directly with the department of education and the department of history and political science.
The department’s varied curriculum is designed to develop the four essential language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. In accordance with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) national standards, we also stress a strong cultural competence for our students. To accomplish these goals, we make sure our students are meeting language proficiency outcomes at each level of their studies.
In addition to standard university-level course offerings (grammar, conversation, culture, literature), and in an effort to prepare competitive professionals for any job market, our department provides studies for both major languages in creative writing, communication for the professions, cinema, and Francophone and Latino studies. We provide a variety of Interterm travel courses which provide cultural and language immersion experiences. All advanced level courses are taught in the target language.