Peek chairs new department, World Languages and Cultures
WORLD LANGUAGES AND CULTURES PROMOTES LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE
A new department formed by the merging of two units in the College of Arts and Sciences underscores BGSU’s commitment to global literacy. World Languages and Cultures combines the former departments of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL) and Romance and Classical Studies (ROCS). Dr. Philip Peek, associate professor of classics, has been appointed chair of the new unit.
“The majority of the world is bilingual,” Peek said. “Research has long shown a connection between being bilingual and higher intellectual and cognitive abilities, the ability to think in creative ways and to adjust to change. Understanding world cultures and being conversant in another language are fundamental skills for today's global citizens.”
The department’s 29 full-time faculty members offer instruction in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Other elective coursework includes classical civilization, film, historical perspectives, literature, modern culture, and peace and conflict studies. Students also have a wide range of opportunities for experiential learning via study abroad, international internships, undergraduate research and other high-engagement activities.
Additionally, a new Master of Arts in European Studies is now available, and a new major – World Languages and Cultures – is in development.