Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” Charlemagne/Karl der Große
We understand that you have four years and a plethora of options. Why choose to major or minor in a foreign language?
- Cultivate global citizenship.
- Develop language skills.
- Gain intercultural and global competence.
- Expand and foster critical, analytical, and communicative skills.
- Attain cultural awareness, diverse perspectives, international experience, and an appreciation of different cultures.
- Increase your knowledge of historical, political, cultural, and literary trends.
- Benefit from active learning in class, abroad, and through domestic and international experiential learning opportunities.
- Work closely with international faculty at UE to improve linguistic and critical thinking skills.
- Interact with Fulbright teaching assistants from around the world.
- Explore different career pathways for foreign language majors through UE’s Center for Career Development.
- Garner multilingual and multicultural skills which will prepare you for both graduate school and real life, by giving you a competitive edge in a global market.
- Study abroad through UE’s nationally-recognized study abroad program.
- Work out your brain.
- Score better on standardized tests.
- Multi-task, focus, and prioritize more efficiently.
- Increase your salary by ten to fifteen percent simply by knowing a foreign language.
- Long term job security.
- Keep your brain young.
“Global Competence is a 21st Century Imperative” (2010), National Education Association, Education Policy and Practice Department, Washington, DC.
UE students have the option of studying several languages, including:
Student learning outcomes for the Spanish, German, and French majors
The department has established the following learning outcomes for its majors:
- Students communicate confidently in the target language.
- Students read and comprehend texts in the target language.
- Students write documents in the target language effectively.
- Students read literary and cultural texts in the target language and analyze them critically.
- Students demonstrate familiarity with the current events, popular culture, and social structures of countries and cultures in which the target languages are spoken.
- Students are able to perform a linguistic analysis of language.