Foreign languages provide students with the necessary course content to fulfill the core requirements for the Transformative Education Program and for a minor course of study in Spanish or French. The department 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 level 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.
SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ASPECTS
Demonstrate the skills of standard spoken and written aspects of the target language in everyday life and business settings.
HISTORY, LITERATURE, & CURRENT AFFAIRS
Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, current affairs and cultures of some of the countries that speak the language.
Possess the skills necessary to gain employment that requires proficiencies in the language.
STUDY ABROAD & INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
Advanced study students will have the opportunity to experience study abroad/internship programs.
Bernard J. Luscans, Ph.D.
Department Chair, General Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies
Instructor of Chinese & Coordinator of the Confucius Classroom