Proficiency in another language opens doors to opportunities in many professional fields. Students acquire knowledge and skills in global citizenship, diversity, and critical thinking with local and worldwide relevance. We also offer study-abroad opportunities to enhance the learning experience.

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A second language is an invaluable asset in business, healthcare, government, research, teaching, publishing, translation/interpretation, and in the performing arts. Understanding a language and the cultures in which it is spoken is critical to the preservation and growth of our cultural, economic, and political ties with other countries.

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More than 300 million people speak French on all five continents. It is also the most popular second language after English, and the third-most widely spoken language in the United States.


More than 220 million people speak German worldwide and the German program prepares its students to thrive as global citizens in a diverse world. Students acquire language proficiency and cultural competence that provide insight into the culture, literature, and history of German-speaking countries.

Scandinavian Studies

The Scandinavian Studies Program offers students an opportunity to combine Norwegian or Swedish languages with study of the greater Nordic cultural region. It provides students with a familiarity of Scandinavian heritage and history.


Close to 500 million people speak Spanish and 20 countries have it as their official language. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S., giving you a local and a global advantage when it comes to job and business opportunities, travel, and life experiences.

World Languages & Cultures Faculty & Staff

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