We offer courses in the following:
- American Sign Language (first-year only)
- Chinese (first-year only)
- English as a Second Language
Languages open the door to a more enriching experience of the world through travel and through work and study abroad. At the same time, the languages we teach are not strictly “foreign” languages in that they have been represented in the region of the present-day United States for generations, even centuries.
The benefits of language study are many. They include a better appreciation of diversity in our own society, in-depth knowledge of national and regional cultures beyond our borders, and an increased general understanding of how language functions and how meaning is constructed. Research has shown that bilingualism enhances cognitive abilities prized by educators and employers alike, such as verbal skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility, and creativity.
Recipient of the College of Arts, Letters, and Education Team Excellence Award.