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 your 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 a part of the interdisciplinary Classical Studies and Latin American Studies minors, as well. 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 »
Dr. Naomi Yavneh's class, "In Quarantine with Anne Frank" Teaches Social Injustice and Anti-Hate Lessons
Professor and Co-Chair of the Languages and Cultures Department, Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, had a tremendous idea that came to fruition on March 17, 2022. She created a traveling exhibition titled, “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” consisting of 30 panels that tell Anne Frank’s story, the history of World War II, and the Holocaust.
(Pictured is student Alisa Salame with her father)
Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Pablo Zavala created a website of his students' final Latinx projects this spring, which could be poems, short stories, paintings, podcasts, or drawings made to reflect their own identity and/or issues related to Latinx experiences such as immigration and discrimination. The final result is an amazing compilation of touchingly personal, heartfelt projects.
See the projects here.