The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures believes itself central to the fulfillment of the mission of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, adopted from Senator Fulbright’s writings, as follows:

... the highest function of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity...

    Our departmental mission, more specifically, is to serve our students, our state, our nation, and the world, by embodying and demonstrating the values to be derived from knowing ancient and modern languages and cultures.   We do this by nurturing and supporting the teaching, research, and service missions of a top-quality faculty; by offering and maintaining a comprehensive range of challenging language and professional development programs; by attracting and retaining a diverse student body; and by promoting innovative research among faculty and students.