As a citizen-department of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Foreign Languages espouses the vision of the College:
To become a "Tier I Balanced" college -- nationally recognized for excellence in both instruction and research/scholarship - in which:
- all students receive excellent instruction directly from tenure-track faculty,
- undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in creative/research activities,
- graduates are well regarded by employers and graduate and professional schools,
- faculty are well rounded academics who take equal pride in instructional, scholarly/research, and service activities,
- instruction and research/scholarship are equally valued and rewarded,
- the scholarship of teaching and innovation in instruction are promoted and rewarded,
- the quality of the research, scholarship, and creative activity of the faculty are well regarded internationally,
- seeking extramural funding for research/scholarship is promoted and rewarded,
- outstanding scholarship is valued regardless of the attraction of extramural funding,
- extramural funding for research is used to support students and engage them in the production of knowledge and understanding,
- an active cross-disciplinary intellectual environment is present that promotes creative interactions of faculty and students,
- students and faculty are actively engaged in the community,
- service to the college and the profession are encouraged, valued, and rewarded
As an independent department, Foreign Languages strives
To become a department which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in all classroom-taught target languages -- nationally recognized for excellence in both instruction and research/scholarship—in which:
- Classroom target-language offerings include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean & Spanish.
- Additional strategic languages will be phased into classroom offerings while other target languages will be offered on demand by the critical languages approach.
- On-going & constant cultural enrichment opportunities, including service learning, for the civic and academic communities play an integral role.
- Majors & minors participate in target-language-based study abroad.
- Majors & minors demonstrate measurable proficiency in all five skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing & culture.
As part of a “Tier I Balanced" college, our department goals are to have:
- Graduate programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
- Faculty tie scholarly activities & accomplishments to teaching.
- Faculty constantly strive to expand the breadth of their instruction and research/scholarship.