Our department seeks to equip the student with the ability to understand, speak, read, and write the language. To this end, the target language is used extensively, in some courses exclusively, in the classroom. The department aims to make the learning of languages as authentic and effective as possible. Students publish a French-language newspaper, perform a Spanish play, and broadcast in French and Spanish on the College radio station.
The study of a language and the culture rooted in that language will not only provide students with invaluable insights into the nature and structure of feelings, imagination, and thought, but will also deepen their understanding of their own language and culture.
Knowledge of another language enhances employment opportunities in many fields in an increasingly interdependent world, and is the basis for a career itself. Career opportunities are found in tourism, international business, government, airlines, social work, and teaching.