Students who complete a major or minor in the modern languages, literatures, and cultures department gain an appreciation of modern cultures as well as a new perspective on their own heritage.
Study of the literary, cultural, social, and political institutions of the country where the language is spoken help develop the student’s awareness of international interdependence.
At the same time, the departmental offerings encourage an increased understanding of the logic of language and a proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and understanding a second language.
The department offers a major and minor Spanish. Additionally, for students whose first language is not English, an English composition sequence is available.
Students majoring in Spanish become conversant with the language, literature, and culture of Spain and Latin America.
The major program in Spanish helps prepare the student for work in international business and industry and for graduate study in areas such as language and literature, art, music, law, international relations, and teaching, among others.
Students are strongly encouraged to supplement their coursework in the department by spending one or two semesters abroad.