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Bilingualism and multilingualism are prized skills in the global marketplace, and the processes of learning and acquiring a language facilitate neural development and mental flexibility. Our advanced courses range from the scientific study of language to the integrative study of literature, helping our students to be better prepared for graduate/advanced studies and the job market.
Students in the World Languages Program learn to analyze texts, to write in a variety of modes and for different audiences, to conduct independent and collaborative research, and to understand domestic and global cultures through language study. The French and Spanish concentrations provide opportunities for students to study literature, linguistics, civilization & history, writing, translation, and interpretation. Students also work closely with faculty on academic research. Those who are interested in teaching often follow the Secondary Teacher Certification path, which helps them to develop the content knowledge they need along with experience in the classroom.
Heritage or native speakers and students who have taken the language in high school should take the World Languages Placement Exam. The exam is administered by the Department of English and World Languages.
The Spanish and French concentrations prepare students to analyze complex information, to write for a variety of audiences, and to conduct and present research. Our students regularly go on to graduate programs, med school, dental school, and law school. They also regularly go on to have successful careers in education, business, translation, interpretation, and broadcasting.
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