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World Language

World Languages Department


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.‒Nelson Mandela

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REASONS TO STUDY

A WORLD LANGUAGE…


Academic

Studying a world language can improve your cognitive and critical thinking abilities. Three or more years of language study on your record will catch the eye of anyone reading your college application. No matter what your career choice, knowledge of a world language gives you an advantage.

Professional

U.S. Government
Knowledge of world language is vital for the Federal Government to effectively meet 21st century security challenges by better understanding the language and cultures of our allies and enemies. Recent surveys indicate that more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely on professionals with intermediate to high-level competence in world language.

Business
World language study provides the ability to gain an understanding of the cultures of U.S. trading partners. American multinational corporations and nongovernmental organizations need people with world languages abilities. U.S. ability to compete effectively in global markets means that more and more businesses deal with companies in other countries. They need employees who can communicate in world languages and understand other cultures. An employer will see you as an important link to overseas clients.

Personal
Learning about other cultures will help you expand your personal horizons. Studying a new language, communicating with people in their own languages, and learning about their culture can be a source of both pleasure and personal enrichment. Learning a language is not just learning about its pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, it is learning to see the world as the other culture sees it. It is also learning to see your own culture from a new perspective.

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