The aim of the Modern Languages Major is twofold: to enable students to develop proficiency in the four language skills-aural, oral, speaking, and writing-in two modern languages (Language/concentration A and Language/concentration B), and to develop cultural literacy. Two of the following languages offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures can be combined for the Modern Languages major: Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. 

Through a structured and carefully planned group of course offerings and a strong recommendation to participate for a semester or a summer in study abroad programs, the Modern Languages Major will prepare students for a world in which intercultural understanding provides the basis for mutual respect, global harmony, and social justice.

The program will encourage and advise students to embark in study abroad experiences, research opportunities, extracurricular activities, and community-based learning opportunities that will prepare them to speak, understand, and write two foreign languages as well as linguistically analyze them, to know the principal aspects of some of the cultures where those languages are spoken, and to exercise intercultural awareness.

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You might be a Modern Languages major if you:

  • Are interested in international communications and have access to immigrant populations in areas including, but not limited to business, teaching, social work, theology, law, theatre, and the visual arts
  • Are interested and have competence in more than one foreign language
  • Have a keen awareness of cultures, and an understanding of the structure of language itself, which is a compelling combination of skills that will prepare the student for employment in a globalized economy

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