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 study a language?
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers major degrees in French, Spanish, Latin American Studies, and starting in Fall 2016, Translation & Interpreting: Spanish-English. You can also study German, Japanese, Italian, Arabic and Chinese. Courses in our program are also a part of the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Minor and the Latin American Studies minor. 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 »
A documentary on Cuban race relations, Código Color, Memorias, made its U.S. premiere on April 6, 2016 at Loyola University. Drs. Leopoldo Tablante and Dittmar Dittrich invited Cuban film maker William Sabourin O'Reilly to show his documentary and speak to the public afterwards. The film explores race relations in today's Cuban society, a critical issue that President Obama addressed during his historical visit to Cuba. The premiere brought a huge crowd to Loyola to share the opening of the film and to discuss race relations in Cuba and the filmmaker's techniques.
Dr. Jean Brager directed four students (Bari James Bellard, Antoine Barriere, and Linsey Shubert, Loyola students; and Luke Condzal, Tulane student) in a montage of monologues and scenes from the French and Francophone repertoire during two evenings in April 2016. The scenes led the audience behind the curtain, behind the façade of acting, and behind what is really at play onstage: the subtext of emotions. When art becomes deconstruction, life--and any action on or off stage, for that matter--is essentially performative.