Second Languages

Faculty from several disciplines support this program.

Study of languages other than their own enables students to communicate intelligently with people of diverse cultures and to value multiple approaches to history, literature, and life.

Elementary language courses prepare students to communicate in everyday situations, introduce them to customs, history, and geography, and lay a foundation for further language study.

Beginning at the intermediate level, students will develop the ability to use the language well enough to understand and articulate cultural values and to interact intelligently with people of different cultures. Students will thus progress towards the goals of becoming world citizens and of working cooperatively with the global community.

The study of literature in the original languages is begun at the intermediate level of language courses, providing a foundation for deeper enjoyment of the works studied in more advanced courses. Literature courses offered in English translation enable students to become acquainted with literature in languages in which they are not versed.

All language courses for the major must be at the 200 level or above. Some of the three culturally related courses may fulfill general education liberal arts distribution requirements (LADR).

Majors in all languages are strongly urged to earn at least three semester hours in a cultural environment where that language is spoken natively through either a Principia abroad or an independent study abroad program.

Majors in French and Spanish, and the Dual Language Major are described separately.