Professor Laurila, Chairperson; Associate Professors Burdette, Hays; Assistant Professors Baker, Barnard, Groundland; Instructor Haynes
The foreign language curriculum is designed to give training in the language, literature, history, and customs of the peoples whose language is studied; to provide insights into the various means of organizing thought and reality by native speakers of the language; to enable students to understand the history and development of their own language; to provide the appropriate background for graduate studies in foreign languages; and to train students for various careers in which knowledge of other cultures and languages is needed. The Department offers two options. Option one is designed for students seeking a major in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German, or Spanish. Although a minor is not required, it is strongly recommended, especially for students who plan careers in teaching, government service, or other language related areas. Option 2 is designed for students who are concurrently earning a B.S. degree in engineering, industrial technology, computer science, mathematics or the physical or biological sciences. The B.S. degree in World Cultures and Business combines economics, finance, management and marketing with language study.