The program introduces students to the Arabic alphabet and sound system and continues with essential language functions used and understood across the Arab world. It emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and provides context for dialogue and communication in the target language.
With the world’s largest population and the fastest growing economy, China has among the greatest potential as a market for U.S. goods. Studying Chinese is a solid career asset for those interested in careers in such fields as higher education, government, international relations, business, or arts.
The program is designed to introduce students to the most important areas of classical civilization including art, history, philosophy, language and literature. The classical civilization major is excellent preparation for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history, or philosophy, and for students who wish to teach at the college or university level.
Studying German provides undergraduate students insight into some of the oldest and richest cultural traditions in Europe. It also gives students a firm grasp on the leading European economies. Spoken in the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, German is the most frequently used language in business and tourism after English.
Japanese language courses help students develop strong speaking skills with the help of regular conversation meetings, sessions in the Language Learning Center, and tutoring. Early in the first year of study students begin learning traditional script. There are ample opportunities to practice with native speakers of Japanese. Most students regularly take part in Japanese Club activities.
Latin is the most venerable language in the Western world. Many of the most influential works were written in Latin which was still the language of culture less than 200 years ago, and a knowledge of Latin is useful for a more thorough understanding of the English language. Latin is excellent preparation for students in pre-law, pre-dental and pre-medical programs. It is also excellent for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history or philosophy.