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About the Modern Languages Department

Throughout the world there are far more opportunities for people who can speak more than one language. Bilingual people have been shown to have more brain power than those who are  monolingual. They possess better multitasking and problem-solving skills, improved cognitive functions with age and even a reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The Department of Modern Languages offers courses in seven major languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language.


The Department of Modern Languages transforms students’ lives through instruction and mentorship, participation in critical dialog, and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity. Engagement with language, literature and culture raises global awareness and develops inclusive communities; our programs cultivate linguistically capable, culturally competent, and intellectually inquisitive individuals. This endeavor supports students’ community involvement, lifelong learning, and transferable skills for professional success in diverse fields in the global economy.


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