Mission Statement of the Department of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
To provide opportunities for students to acquire foreign language skills and cultural competency, along with knowledge of linguistics and cultural and literary studies, thus helping them to prepare for a life of service and respectful engagement with the world.
The Department of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics seeks to help students:
• Understand and appreciate the rich diversity of world languages and cultures, both ancient and modern.
• Achieve communicative proficiency, both productive and receptive, in languages other than English.
• Cultivate an appreciation for world literature(s) so as to deepen and enrich the study of languages and cultures.
• Understand the structure of language through the study of linguistics.
There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. — 1 Corinthians 14:10–12