Modern Languages and Cultures
For many years the curriculum in modern languages has offered basic and advanced training in the languages, literatures, and cultures of France, Germany, Spain, and Latin America. Arabic was added in the 1990s and Chinese will be offered beginning in the fall of 2014.
The courses are designed to enable the student to learn to speak and understand, read, and write a foreign language with an acceptable degree of fluency and correctness. Students are introduced to literary masterpieces, and through these they become familiar with the history, thought, and civilization of the countries where the language is spoken.