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Department of Modern Languages – Mission Statement 


The study of language is fundamental to the liberal arts tradition of higher education.  As a department that offers major, minor, and certificate programs in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, the Department of Modern Languages firmly believes that to study another language and culture adds multiple dimensions to education.  Consequently, we are committed not only to developing communication skills in a second language, but also to teaching students to analyze cultural and literary texts, conduct and present original research, access and evaluate multiple points of view, and develop life-long learning strategies.  We help students develop the ability to appreciate diversity and think critically from beginning language through MA-level literature, culture, pedagogy, linguistics, translation, and film courses.  Our study abroad programs provide students the opportunity to experience, analyze, and understand cultural differences while improving their language skills.  Students in Modern Languages acquire tools needed for professional success as global citizens.