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/foster critical, analytical, and communicative skills
- attain cultural awareness, diverse perspectives, international experience, 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 and your tongue
- 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.