Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Mission Statement

The study of other languages, literatures, and cultures is a vital component of a liberal arts education. Understanding the essential nature of language as a living process rooted in social and cultural contexts, we teach the skills and ways of thinking of a second language and offer diverse perspectives on the cultures of the societies where these languages are spoken. Through the study of language and culture, students completing the second language requirement understand the diversity of the human experience. Students graduating as majors or minors are able to express their ideas in a second language with clarity, grace, and the cultural understanding needed for lives of leadership and service in our pluralistic society and in a world where nations are increasingly interdependent.

Learning Goals

  • Students will recognize and use the writing systems, vocabulary, and grammatical structures of a second language.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to interact with our multilingual world in a variety of situations and cultural contexts, listening, reading, writing, speaking, and understanding a second language at the novice (101-102), intermediate (203-204), or advanced (300-500) level as defined by the ACTFL standards.
  • Students will contrast their cultural preconceptions and ways of knowing with those of a second languageā€™s culture.
  • Students will gain knowledge that challenges their cultural preconceptions and ways of knowing, which will develop their capacity for equitable cultural interactions and their ability to act as responsible global citizens.
  • Students will demonstrate the ways in which their language study connects with knowledge gained in other disciplines to prepare them to function in a multicultural and multilingual world.