Welcome from the Department Head
The basic purpose of the Department of Languages is to train students to understand and to communicate ideas through the medium of languages: English, French, Greek, Latin, and Spanish. The department also encourages active engagement in research and/or creative work, and its members help to serve the intellectual and cultural needs of the community. Specifically, English courses give the training necessary for effective writing and correct speaking, provide a well-rounded knowledge of the English language, encourage critical thinking, develop a perceptive approach to literature, and help in the selection of human values that will enrich the intellectual life of the individuals and increase their multifold usefulness to society.
Courses in foreign languages afford students the opportunity for understanding, speaking, reading, and writing languages other than their native tongue, acquaint students with the important non-English literature of the world, and introduce individuals to the nature and structure of foreign languages as important parts of the world cultural heritage.
The recently established English and Foreign Language Education degrees are designed to train students to understand and communicate ideas through the medium of language. In addition, these degrees offer training in effective writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis. They develop a mastery of content knowledge and encourage engagement in research and technology. They encourage reflection about the teaching profession, promote best practice, and prepare graduates to successfully enter roles in the teaching profession.
To these ends, the Department of Languages presents courses in English, French, Greek, Latin, and Spanish and is organized to offer curricula in English, French, and Spanish.