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. Jean X. Brager gave a presentation with students from his First-Year Seminar (Fall 2018, Performance & Performativity) on 1/25/19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., week.
LAS alumna Shoshana Shattenkirk is writing the music for her musical, "Fever Dreams," which is about pandemics and started as part of an invitation from the New York Public Library to create musicals based on materials in its archives. Shattenkirk collaborated with a lyricist and book writer to create the musical based on the correspondence of a doctor during the Yellow Fever pandemic of 1798. A draft of the first portion of the musical was performed virtually and is on The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center website.