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The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts. Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living.

The department offers baccalaureate degrees and minors in FrenchGerman, and Spanish; minors in American Sign LanguageArabic Studies, Basque Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American  and Latino/a StudiesLatin, as well as language instruction in  BosnianKorean and Portuguese.