The Department of International Studies comprises the Foreign Language Unit and the Study Abroad Program. The department also plans programs for students and visitors.


The mission of the Foreign Language Unit of the Department of International Studies is to provide students with the necessary course content to fulfill the core requirements for the General Education Program and for a minor course of study in Spanish or French. The Foreign Language Unit focuses on teaching the language and cultures of the countries in which the particular foreign language is spoken as a means of exposing the students to other cultures and peoples of the world.
The minor includes the required courses in language skills, literature, business and conversation needed to enhance a career in foreign affairs, international business, communications, law, English, education, political science, or other related professions. A major objective of the foreign language unit is to prepare students to acquire a survival command of a language other than their own, broaden their outlook on life, and increase their interest and knowledge of other cultures and the relationship of countries to global affairs.

Believing in the vital importance of broadening the educational and cultural horizons of our students by exposing them to the benefits of acquaintance with the world beyond the United States of America in these days of globalization and internationalization, the department also assists students applying for study abroad programs.