2012-13 General Catalog
Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures includes several academic units: the American Sign Language Program and the Departments of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, French and Italian, German, and Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to providing administrative leadership for all of its units, the division fosters interdisciplinary scholarship in languages, literatures, and cultures. It encourages synergy and collaboration among its faculty members and enhances opportunities for cross-cultural course development and research.
Undergraduate and graduate programs in the division speak to students with varied interests and career aspirations, educating them to become global citizens who understand and are understood by diverse populations. Students are trained to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, capable scholars, lucid writers, and proficient speakers.
The division's units offer instruction in a wide array of languages and in the cultures associated with them.
American Sign Language Program: American Sign Language and deaf studies
Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures: Chinese, Czech, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Sanskrit
Department of French and Italian: Arabic, French, Italian, Swahili
Department of German: German
Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Portuguese, Spanish
In addition to providing language instruction, the division focuses on theoretical and applied linguistics; non-Anglophone literatures and cultures, including those of bilingual, deaf, postcolonial, and heritage communities; and aesthetics, cultural theory, and creative writing in languages other than English.
The division also administers the Language Media Center, which provides facilities for traditional language laboratory work as well as for language video and computer-based activities. The center sponsors a multimedia development studio, where faculty members and graduate students produce and test media-based materials for language instruction.Back To Top
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