In its teaching and in its members' research, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures seeks to promote an understanding of the cultures and traditions which have contributed to the development of the world's civilizations which make up the fabric of our society. Its presence in the college is a reminder to students and to the community that cultured individuals are raised in cultures besides our own. We foster an openness and sensitivity to other cultures in matters of language, literature, and associated arts.
Consistent with the tradition of Jesuit education, the goal of our department is to prepare students intellectually and morally to serve as engaged, ethical participants and leaders in their families, professions, and communities. The principle tasks of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures are the teaching of a variety of world languages, and the literatures and cultures associated therewith. Language study encourages students to reflect about themselves, their own language(s) and culture(s) and the importance of diversity. The goal of language, literature, and culture courses is to provide the students with the skills to understand and communicate the rich heritage and the diversity of the world. The members of the department share the conviction that human experience maintains an intelligibility across temporal and linguistic borders as well as social and confessional boundaries. Our aim is to assist students in acquiring knowledge and skills for life-long learning and self-reflection.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers courses through which students can meet the foreign language curriculum requirement in Arts and Sciences and other colleges. The University Core requirements in Literature and Diverse Cultures, as well as the Literature requirement in the Literature requirement in the Arts and Sciences curriculum can also be satisfied with courses taught in the foreign language or English translation. The Department's regular offerings include courses on historical and applied linguistics, foreign language pedagogy and foreign literatures in English translation. Academic majors are offered in Classical Languages, Classical Studies, French, German, Spanish Language and Literatures and Spanish for the Professions; minors are offered in Classical Languages, Classical Studies, French German, and Spanish. A master of arts degree is also offered in Spanish.
Lalumiere Language Hall, 254
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7063 * Fax: (414) 288-7653"