Mission Statement

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures aims to provide students with the linguistic, communicative and cultural proficiencies necessary for successful interaction with the peoples and cultures represented by the languages it teaches.  In accordance with standards promulgated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Department expects its students will be able to:

  • communicate in the target languages taught by its faculty,
  • gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures,
  • connect with other disciplines and acquire information,
  • develop insights into the nature of language and culture,
  • participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

While the Department is dedicated to providing its majors and minors with the aforementioned skills and abilities, it also embraces its responsibility to serve students taking an international language who do so in order to satisfy the College's general education requirement for foreign languages. Additionally, the Department will continue to serve the needs of programs in teacher education, global and international studies, linguistics, languages across the curriculum, Language and International Trade, the Honors Program and other interdisciplinary programs