International Languages & Literature

We offer courses in Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swahili languages, African Literature and Latin American Literature; and Minor concentrations in French and Spanish.

The program trains students majoring in areas that utilize foreign language skills; offers three levels of courses focused on language structure, vocabulary, reading, writing, conversation, and translation; helps students appreciate cultural diversity; and supports the University General Education language requirement for the B.A degree.

Students who might use an international language in their careers are strongly encouraged to spend two semesters studying abroad.


Currently, we are developing summer intensive language programs.


Studying an international language enriches the Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and prepares you for various careers or higher degrees in such fields as Linguistics, Languages, Diplomacy, and World Literatures. In any post-baccalaureate plan, faculty mentors and the Career Services Center provide support.


For all Humanities majors we suggest you complete four years of high school English and two years of a second language. We encourage your enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and will negotiate credit, placement or exemption for AP scores of 3 (qualified) or higher in the following subjects: Chinese Language and Culture, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, French Literature, Spanish Language, World History, and U.S. History.