Welcome

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Knowledge of another language is your passport to today’s increasingly globalized world. Come study with us at the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, where we provide a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate level classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian and Spanish for use towards majors, minors, certificates, and complementary studies, or simply to satisfy intellectual curiosity or promote personal enrichment.

QUICK LINKS TO LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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The Arabic Program offers a number of courses in Arabic language and culture.

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The Chinese Program offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Chinese language, literature, linguistics, and translation-interpretation, as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in Chinese
  • B.A. in Chinese (major)
  • Minor in Chinese

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The French Program offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, literature and culture as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in French
  • B.A. in French (major)
  • Minor in French

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The German Program offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses in German language, literature, culture, and philosophy as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in German
  • B.A. in German (major)
  • Minor in German

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The Italian Program offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian language, literature, and culture as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in Italian
  • B.A. in Italian (major)
  • Minor in Italian

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The Japanese Program offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Japanese language, literature, culture, linguistics, and pedagogy, as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in Japanese
  • B.A. in Japanese (major)
  • Minor in Japanese

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The Persian Program offers a number of courses in Persian language and culture as well as the following degree option:

  • Minor in Persian Studies

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The Russian Program offers a number of courses in Russian language and culture as well as the following degree option:

  • Minor in Russian

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The Spanish Program offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in Spanish language, literature, linguistics, and culture, as well as providing the following degree options:

  • M.A. in Spanish
  • B.A. in Spanish (major)
  • Minor in Spanish