Seattle Pacific University
Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics
Mission Statement of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics
The Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics encompasses the academic discipline of foreign language acquisition and its application to the serious study of culture, literature, and linguistics. There is a focus on four spoken languages: Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish, and two ancient languages: Latin and Classical Greek, as well as Linguistics. We offer six majors: Classics: Cultural Emphasis, Classics: Language Emphasis, French and Francophone Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Russian Studies and Spanish Studies. We also offer six minors: Classics, Latin, French & Francophone Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Russian Studies and Spanish Studies.
All programs emphasize the relationship between culture and language. Acquisition of analytical skills, familiarity with important works of literature from several languages and the cultures they express, deeper understanding of communication patterns, and improved writing skills are all addressed in departmental courses.
The Department of Languages, Cultures, and 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