Our programs in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are designed to build students' fluency and to guide them in exploring and drawing connections across world communities. Through our courses students develop language proficiency together with expertise in contemporary cultures and their diverse histories. Students who pursue degrees in language fields deepen their mental flexibility in unique ways as well, making the study of French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish excellent preparation for many professions that require awareness of subjective perspectives and successful intercultural communication.
Students seeking to gain interpretation skills and understanding of languages, to increase aesthetic and emotional sensitivity, to engage in problem-solving though group discussion, and to acquire knowledge of a rich range of examples of human creativity and ingenuity are prepared by our faculty to use these competencies in a variety of real world applications. Undergraduates will 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 will be guided in the advanced study of linguistics, literature, and culture and benefit from rigorous training in foreign language pedagogy and an active and supportive scholarly community.
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