Mission Statement

As a citizen-department of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Foreign Languages espouses the mission of the College:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) provides an essential component to a liberal arts education: understanding human beings in their diversity as expressed in their arts, literatures, histories, ideas, values, oral and written expressions, and behavior. By promoting analytic, interpretive, interpersonal, and communication skills, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences facilitates personal growth, competent professionalism, and responsible citizenship.

As an independent department, Foreign Languages supports the University and College missions. Therefore, the Department offers a broad and coherent undergraduate liberal arts approach to American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Hispanic languages, arts and cultures, which prepares students for careers that will serve the human community and meet the global challenges which face our society.

The Department is committed to serving the greater community through programs in cooperation with other educational and cultural institutions. Similarly, the Faculty contributes to the intellectual life of the civic and academic communities through teaching, service, scholarship and research.

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