Language and Culture

The Department of Language and Culture offers Spanish, French and Japanese programs carefully designed to provide students with the necessary tools to interact effectively in a multicultural social or professional environment. In order to sharpen their skills, students are encouraged to use the latest technology, do service learning, and study abroad.

In this age of globalization, communicating with the rest of the world has never been more important. For communication to truly take place, we must understand not only the words but what is behind them; we must understand how people of different cultures think and act, and why. We must understand their culture.

Culture is the set of beliefs, values, traditions and the history that has shaped the minds and rituals of any given group. Understanding cultures and having proficiency in their languages open a wide array of career opportunities, not only in the world of business, but also in any aspect of a service career such as health, education, law and order, and politics. For this reason, our department offers various interdisciplinary programs to combine Language and Culture with other departments as Business, Education, History and Political Science, Nursing, and Sociology. Students are encouraged to arrange double majors with these disciplines.

In the Department of Language and Culture, the student can graduate with:

  1. A Cultural Studies Minor (See Cultural Studies Minor)
  2. A Minor or Major in French Studies (See French Studies Major)
  3. A Major French Studies with International Emphasis (See French Studies with International Emphasis)
  4. Japanese classes (See Japanese)
  5. An Emphasis in Human Service for the Bilingual Settings-AA (See A.A. in Human Services for Bilingual Settings.)
  6. A Minor or Major in Spanish Studies (See Spanish Studies Minor and Major)
  7. A Major in Spanish and Business (Interdepartmental collaboration with the Business Department) (See B.A. Degree with a Major in Spanish and Business Administration)
  8. A Major in Spanish Studies with Translation Emphasis