Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

The mission of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is to teach the languages and cultures of a variety of peoples. In the Modern Languages, the faculty assists students in achieving proficiency appropriate to their level of study in each of the basic skills of living in a language: speaking, writing, listening comprehension and reading proficiency. In the Classical Languages, the faculty assists students in achieving sufficient mastery of reading, writing, and translation skills so they can profitably approach texts that are fundamental to an in-depth understanding of Greek and Roman cultures, the basis of what is known as Western Civilization. Through the study of a foreign language, the faculty endeavors to make students aware of the relationship between language and culture. The faculty also encourages students to engage in study abroad programs. This allows them to experience first-hand the language and culture they are studying. In addition to being engaged in many scholarly and professional development activities, faculty members in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures participate in the life of the institution through work in a variety of committees and task forces. They provide their professional skills in community service projects, consultation for local schools, the courts, the criminal justice system, regional health providers, local and regional businesses, and other government and private entities.