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Philosophy and Mission


Language is fundamental to learning, thinking, communicating, and it permeates the entire curriculum. Learning a language promotes international mindedness. Our graduates are well prepared for professional and graduate study and for lifelong learning.


The overall mission of the department is to promote literacy-specifically the ability to read, write, and think critically. Literate individuals can gather, analyze, and communicate information effectively, as well as think creatively and draw independent conclusions-skills that are the cornerstone of future careers.