Knowledge of languages and cultures is vital in our multicultural society. The department views learning a foreign language and its culture as a way to foster international understanding in an interdependent world. Students gain an understanding of the contemporary society of the target language through its literature and its civilization. This goal is achieved through the use of sources such as films, the Internet, television and radio broadcasts, foreign press, and community interaction.

Our language programs develop student abilities in attentive listening, proficient speaking, accurate writing, critical reading, and cross-cultural understanding.

Our graduates have pursued careers in such diverse areas as:
translation, foreign service, museum work, law, education, the ministry, medicine, social work, banking, public relations, import/export, management, and marketing.