The mission of the department is to offer curricula, services and research leading to proficiency in language, literature, and culture that will enable individuals to function effectively in the international communities in our geographical area and throughout the world. The Department’s programs serve and promote all academic divisions of the University in providing our students the language and cultural training necessary to support their international and intercultural endeavors.
DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS: The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the fields of foreign languages, literatures and cultures. They are designed for those students who intend to major or minor in languages other than English, for students who seek a broad liberal arts education in preparation for a variety of professions, and for students whose careers will be furthered by the knowledge of another language and culture. In addition to the majors and graduate degrees, the department offers minors in Armenian, Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and a number of courses in Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, and Korean.
THE MAJOR IN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES: The Languages and Cultures major prepares students for an increasingly globalized and interdependent world that rewards knowledge of languages and cultural literacy. The major provides students with advanced proficiency in language skills and cultural competency, which will enable them to expand career opportunities and enhance their personal lives in an international and intercultural environment. In addition to studies in a primary target language, students take courses in comparative study of cultures and literatures to gain insight into the interrelation of language, culture, and human nature. The two required seminars in cultural theories and methodologies constitute the capstone experience for intercultural studies. Students are also encouraged to study abroad, to take a secondary target language, and to select from a rich array of courses offered in other departments that deal with interactions among peoples, cultures, and regions.
Departmental Offices :
405 & 408 Sierra Tower
Phone: (818) 677-3467
Fax: (818) 677-5797