The ability to communicate across national and linguistic borders has become essential in our globalized world. The mission of Department of Modern Languages is to help students develop the linguistic, literary, and cross-cultural competence necessary to live, work, and be lifelong learners in our diverse world.
The Department of Modern Languages provides students with intellectual language and cultural studies. We invite you to explore the information provided on this website. Current and prospective students can find helpful information about declaring a language major and program requirements by either clicking the Advising button in the navigation bar on the left or by clicking the Languages tab above and selecting your language of interest.
We pride ourselves on excellence in teaching, and we work diligently to let students see how welcome and valued they are in our department. Each member of the faculty has traveled, studied, and lived in the cultures that speak the language(s) in which they specialize. If you are interested in participating in a study abroad program, we likely have a faculty member who is familiar with or specializes in that region and can help you prepare for your trip.
Most of the Modern Languages offices and classrooms and the Language Resource Center are located in Graff Main Hall. The TESOL program is located in Centennial Hall, and many courses meet in Centennial Hall classrooms.
The Department of Modern Languages offers a variety of program options in French, German, and Spanish. We offer programs that lead to both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. We also offer major and minor programs with business concentrations, a certificate in French Studies, and a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Please note that visiting the webpages for the languages in order to familiarize yourself with program-specific requirements is a very important step in planning your studies.
To find out more about each language we offer, please click on the Languages button above and select your language of interest. To contact a program chair or faculty in a specific language, please click on the Faculty/Staff button above. You can see course descriptions by viewing the Online General Catalog.