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Mission

Departmental Mission Statement

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures espouses as its mission teaching foreign languages, literatures and civilizations, carrying out research relevant to those fields, and performing service to the University, the profession and/or the community.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences, provides for its major students a program of study conducive to developing competence in the spoken and written language, a broad and deep knowledge of the literature, and a knowledge of the culture of the target language.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures views itself as central to an experience in the liberal arts for all students by rounding out the breadth of the learning experience in liberal arts and sciences, because the study of language, literature and culture broadens a student's perspective of the world and cultivates an awareness of diversity; because the study of language, literature and culture fosters the development of perspectives and insights into the issues, events, ideas and values which abound in the human experience; because the study of language, literature and culture helps a student develop perspective by correlating the present with the past and one's own language and culture with the languages and cultures of others; and because the study of language, literature and culture yields insight both critical and creative as a student meets and responds to the works and expressions of representative authors of other cultures.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, in order to carry out its mission, offers a variety of languages at different levels and offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the target languages. These offerings are marked by excellence in teaching and are sustained and enhanced by on-going scholarship and research significant in its own right.