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A degree in language and literature involves developing proficiency in a target language and a basic understanding of its linguistic structure. Students gain a deeper understanding of textual analysis and literary genres, styles and periods while acquiring greater knowledge and appreciation for other cultures.

The School of Language and Literature currently offers instruction in nine languages. These include three romance languages—Spanish, French, and Portuguese—that account for hundreds of millions of native-speakers in the Americas and Africa as well as Europe. The most-spoken language on the planet, Mandarin Chinese, is the focus of a growing program with strong student interest. Enrollments continue to grow in Russian and German, and dedicated groups of students choose instruction in Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin.

The School of Language and Literature produces successful alumni who obtain coveted positions in business, government, education and the most prestigious professional and graduate schools. A degree in a language and literature complements all other fields of study and makes a graduate more marketable. The student experience begins with small, student-centered language classes, continues with a study abroad experience and concludes with challenging advanced level courses in the language.

Bachelor of arts degrees are available in French, German, Spanish, Chinese studies, and Russian studies. Students can minor in ancient Greek, French, German, Latin, linguistics and Spanish. Language students are encouraged to have a second major.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

  1. Demonstrate language skills (i.e., reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing) that aid in the communication and understanding among persons and groups of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and creative insights in the disciplined study of cultural media (such as literature and film) and linguistics.
  3. Demonstrate fluency and coherence when presenting ideas in writing and in speech.
Degree Options

French, B.A.

German, B.A.

Spanish, B.A.

Chinese Studies, B.A.

An interdisciplinary program drawing from the disciplines of political science, history, literature and language, business, and economics.

Russian Studies, B.A.

An interdisciplinary program in Russian language, literature and culture, history, and politics.

Russian Studies Minor

An interdisciplinary minor in Russian language, literature and culture, history, and politics.

Ancient Greek Minor

Chinese Minor

French Minor

German Minor

Latin Minor

Linguistics Minor

Russian Minor

Spanish Minor

Typical Four Year Schedule
Exposition and ArgumentationFirst Seminar
First Year College ExperienceContemporary Mathematics
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock III - Scientific Investigation
Beginning Spanish IBeginning Spanish II
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceLiberal Arts and Preparation for Life after Graduation
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Intermediate Spanish IBlock III - Scientific Investigation with lab
MinorIntermediate Spanish II
Composition in SpanishStudy Abroad (upper division Spanish credits)
Intro to Spanish Linguistics
Latin American Cultures
Seminar in Latin American or Spanish LiteratureSpecial Topics in Spanish
MinorSenior Project