Who We Are

Part of the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department, French and Francophone Studies offers students both a major and minor, and built around academic coursework necessary to graduate students of competence in the globalized 21st century.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics is to produce majors in foreign language with the linguistic, cultural and literary competence, and the Christian character necessary to engage the world and be effective agents of positive change in the world.

Learning Outcomes

Goal One

To understand and appreciate the rich diversity of world languages and cultures, both ancient and modern.

All foundation courses in European studies and Latin American studies focus on this goal through the content of the individual courses. The major in Classics also focuses on this goal through the course offerings in classical literature and civilization. Since all the courses in the modern and classical languages emphasize the connections between the languages and cultures they express, they have this goal as a focal point as well.

Goal Two

To be a blessing as a stranger in another land and be hospitable to strangers in one’s own land.

This goal is emphasized directly in language courses, beginning with the elementary level and continuing through the advanced (upper division) courses. Faculty work on broadening both the student's world view and recognition that while members of all cultures tend to view others from an ethnocentric point of view, all people should strive to refrain from judging others solely in terms of their own culture.

Goal Three

To reach stated levels of language proficiency, as defined by national standards, depending on the student’s program in the majors.

This third goal is an essential part of all courses taught in the various languages offered at SPU. The four skills in the modern languages of listening, speaking, reading and writing are integrated with the study of the cultures lived by the members of the language groups. For the classical languages, the skills of reading and writing are integrated with the study of culture.