Our mission is to expand students' horizons by teaching them new languages and introducing them to cultures of the world. Through our program, students develop skills in comprehension, speaking, and writing. Students will also study history and literature to gain an awareness and appreciation of other cultures' contributions to contemporary society. We emphasize cultural sensitivity and respect alongside critical thinking skills. Students are expected to use their studies to examine differences and similarities between their target culture and their own.
The Modern Languages Department is, therefore, a key component of a liberal arts education and serves the mission of the university by preparing students to become sensitive, responsive and competitive participants in our increasingly diverse society.