John Golden, Chairperson
J. C. Martin
R. de Mattos
The Department of Foreign Languages fulfills its mission by teaching foreign languages, cultures and literatures, by promoting cross-cultural understanding, and by presenting models of effective pedagogy. Members of the Department also serve the College and wider community in areas pertaining to foreign languages.
The study of foreign languages is an integral part of a liberal arts education. It gives students a means of breaking through the barrier of a single speech and culture pattern and provides an encounter with some of the world’s great literatures, cultural traditions, and social models. It is also invaluable for those seeking careers in business and commerce, civil service, education, international affairs, media, social services, law enforcement, and scholarly research.
The Department offers courses at various levels in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Italian, Latin and Spanish, which meet General Education requirements. Students are expected to develop and increase their proficiency in a foreign language, whether continuing one previously studied or beginning a new one. Proficiency entails communication, cultural understanding, connections with other areas of knowledge, comparisons on the nature of language and culture, and participation in multilingual communities.
The Department offers majors in French and Spanish, as well as a major in Foreign Languages which allows students to combine two of the following foreign languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The Department also offers minor programs in French, German, Italian Studies and Spanish.
Current technology, in the forms of audiovisual media and computer-assisted instruction, provides authentic language models and enhances learning.