Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures advances the study of languages and cultures in order to prepare students to live and work in a competitive interdependent world. In addition to fostering a climate of critical thinking and intellectual growth, the Department helps students enhance their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and augments their appreciation of varied literatures and civilizations.
In accordance with the mission statement of the University, the programs of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures promote diversity of thought and experience. They assist students in developing multicultural awareness, international perspectives and respect for others, enabling them to enrich their personal lives and to become contributing members of society.
The Department fully supports the Standards for Foreign Language Learning developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and subscribed to by the AATI, ACL/APA, ACTR, CLASS/CLTA and NCSTJ/ATJ.
These standards are outlined in the document Standards for Foreign Language Teaching: Preparing for the 21st Century.
We invite you to learn more about the various experiences offered by our Department!