Our programs in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are designed to build students' fluency and to guide them in exploring and drawing connections among world communities. Students develop language proficiency together with expertise in contemporary cultures and their diverse histories. Pursuing a degree in language fields deepens mental flexibility in unique ways as well, providing excellent preparation for many professions that require an awareness of subjective perspectives for successful intercultural communication.
Our students gain skills in interpretation and expression, increase their emotional and artistic sensitivity, engage in problem-solving though group discussion, and acquire knowledge of a rich range of examples of human creativity and ingenuity. Our faculty guide them in using these competencies in a variety of real world applications. Undergraduates enhance their desired skills in speaking, writing, listening, reading and research through our specialized courses, sponsored study abroad programs, immersion residential communities, service-learning courses, language conversation groups, and diverse cultural events. Graduate students benefit from rigorous training in foreign language pedagogy in an active and supportive scholarly community while they are mentored in the advanced study of linguistics, literature and culture.
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