Our Undergraduate Programs
We offer classes in 11 modern and 2 classical languages, as well as 9 minors (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian and Classics) and 4 majors (Classical Studies, French, German, and Spanish).
We believe, and it is well documented, that the study of a world language can strengthen your mental agility and focus, and greatly enhance your professional preparation and competitiveness after graduation, no matter what your academic and career goals are.
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Our talented faculty make learning about other cultures and literatures a fun and eye-opening experience, and the process of learning another language invariably gives students many fresh new insights into their own language and culture.
For more specific information about Major/Minor requirements, please visit this page.
Besides languages, literatures, and cultures, we would also like to promote other fields of study related to a language, such as history, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, and communication. All of these studies come together and make up our featured Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Honors Program in Foreign Languages provides an opportunity for upper division undergraduate students to participate in projects of a scholarly nature. Honors candidates do independent study and research under the direction of the foreign language faculty. Outstanding achievement is recognized by the awarding of the B.A. degree in a specific language or languages with the distinction "Language Scholar Cum Laude." Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate's program of honors studies. In addition to meeting the eligibility standards determined by the Fulbright College Honors Council, candidates must:
- demonstrate an intelligent and responsive command of a minimal number of literary monuments,
- demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge within the non-literary areas of the target culture,
- demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the four skills of their language,
- complete a minimum of six hours of honors work in the chosen language,
- submit by the final semester of their senior year evidence of substantial independent study,
- present themselves toward the end of the final semester of their senior year for an oral examination administered by an Honors Council committee.