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: of course, 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/speaking a 2nd language! That is, learning a 2nd language is an exercise in cognitive problem solving and the effects of 2nd language instruction are directly transferable to the areas math, science, writing and countless other skills. Our courses are designed to maximize these benefits!
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 and Latin American Studies. 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 »
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers many undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more »
Leopoldo Tablante, visiting assistant professor of languages and cultures, recently published an analysis of the commercial evolution of salsa music from its origins in the Latino barrios of New York City, its intensive commercialization and exploitation in the US and the Caribbean mainly by the independent group Fania throughout the 1970s, and its more recent incorporation to the catalogue of major global labels such as Sony Music.