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Modern Languages and Cultures


Gonzalez (chair), Pensa, Randall, Ribar, Khalil


Rapid political and economic changes in the world require that students not only understand other cultures, but that they can communicate with persons in those cultures. In this sense, familiarity with speaking and reading a modern language and being aware of how persons in other countries think about the world is pragmatic.


The department administers the following programs: liberal arts language programs in Arabic and Spanish; a language certification program for students who plan to teach in one of the language areas; and minors in modern language; Arabic and Spanish.

Language and culture are closely aligned, and a series of culture courses taught in English are available. These indicate how artistic expression, geography, and economic and historical development mutually influence each other.


Students entering a modern language course will be evaluated in order to determine the proper course-level placement for them. Students who wish to receive credit for previously acquired language proficiency can take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination or a challenge examination.


Linguistic ability in languages other than English can promote employment opportunities in organizations working internationally, especially legal, banking and commercial corporations; national and regional governmental agencies; social service and religious organizations; educational institutions; communications; import-export and travel businesses; and a variety of translation services.