Think and live globally (and get smarter as a side effect!)
The knowledge of other languages and cultures is a hallmark of a liberal arts education for several very good reasons. The primary benefits are:
- Broadening you own perspective and understanding the world better
- The language itself, the knowledge of other cultures, and the advantages these give you in today’s job market
However, all the current research also points to the general cognitive benefits of studying and speaking a 2nd language! That is, learning a 2nd language is an exercise in cognitive problem-solving -- the effects of 2nd language instruction are directly transferable to the areas of math, science, writing, and countless other skills:
Whether you are a major, a minor, or simply interested in taking a few classes, you will learn to express yourself in your 2nd (or 3rd!) language and at the same time you’ll become a better problem-solver in all your other areas of study. You’ll learn to think and live globally, and develop skills and talents that are increasingly significant in the contemporary world and workforce. Why not study a language?
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers major degrees in French, Spanish and Latin American Studies, as well as Classical Studies (Civilizations or Languages). You can also study German and Italian, Latin, and Ancient Greek. Courses in our program are also a part of the interdisciplinary Classical Studies and Latin American Studies minors. In addition to helping students acquire proficiency in a 2nd language, our courses teach all aspects of culture, including history, film, and linguistics. Learn more about our programs of study »
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more »
On Friday, September 21, 2018, Dr. Nathan Henne gave the inaugural presentation for the new Loyola Faculty and Staff Seminar Series, "Encountering Heritage and History." His talk, "(Dis)Respecting Sovereignty: US Interference in Central American and the Current Migration Crisis," in the Whitney Presentation Room of Thomas Hall was a huge success--the room was packed and all were fascinated with the facts presented and the images projected by Dr. Henne.
Danielle Belmont, senior majoring in Spanish and Sociology, and minoring in Latin American Studies, has been selected to work with Teach for America beginning in Fall 2019. She will be teaching elementary special education in the greater New Orleans area. ¡Enhorabuena, Danielle! We are so proud of you!