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Languages & Cultures

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  • Languages & Cultures

    The Department of Languages and Cultures offers courses and activities for students in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). As a part of language acquisition, we place a particular emphasis on helping students gain advanced oral proficiency in these languages while developing a concern for, awareness of, and appreciation of the diversity of local, international, and global cultures. We prepare students to excel as teachers of foreign and second languages and foster their study of linguistics and language acquisition. All of our course offerings are at the undergraduate level, except for TESL where students can gain a Master’s Degree. Language acquisition is a crucial part of a liberal education, enriching the intellectual and social lives of individuals.

    Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities offered through the department, including international exchange programs in China and Spain. Our faculty lead short-term study abroad trips to help students have immersive cultural experiences while developing advanced fluency and cultural competence. In the past these programs have taken students to China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Spain, Japan and Mexico over Spring Break or during the summer. The department also sponsors Chinese, Japanese and Spanish language clubs providing students with extracurricular activities that promote cultural awareness, community service, and interaction with native speakers.



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