Modern Foreign Languages Department

Courses in modern foreign languages provide students with the cross-cultural understanding and communication skills expected of world citizens. Proficiency in speaking and writing is emphasized in all language skill classes and is a prerequisite for continuation in any sequence of courses.

Upper division courses, while refining language skills, introduce students to the literature and civilizations of the respective linguistic groups. Modern language courses are an excellent preparation, but not a substitute, for foreign study. Students who elect a major or minor in modern languages are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one term of study in a culture where their target language is dominant. On a rotating basis, the Department offers off-campus programs in countries of the target languages and cultures.

Note: For students entering the Modern Foreign Language program with proven proficiency in the target language, a maximum of 10 credits may be waived toward the major or minor requirements.