Department Mission Statement

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at SCSU offers: instruction and undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Latin; undergraduate teacher certification in foreign languages; M.S. degrees in bilingual/multicultural education and TESOL; and certification and/or cross endorsement at the graduate level for foreign languages, TESOL, and bilingual education.

The department's aim is to:

  1. engage students in the study of modern and classical languages, literatures, cultures, and applied linguistics;
  2. train teachers of world languages, English as a second language, and bilingual education;
  3. prepare students to use foreign languages in business, industry, government, and other fields;
  4. offer study abroad and foreign internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students;
  5. promote scholarship by faculty and graduate students, in the fields outlined above,

in a way that:

  1. enables students to participate in interpersonal, presentational and interpretative modes of communication, regardless of their academic major;
  2. enables students to value and continue gaining knowledge of language, culture, and literature, and make informed cultural comparisons, even after they complete their coursework;
  3. fosters students' abilities to think critically;
  4. pre-service teaching candidates are versed in various approaches to teaching foreign and/or second languages, including the appropriate use of technology to enhance instruction;
  5. adheres to the guidelines and standards established by such professional organizations as the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the various professional organizations affiliated with those languages in which degrees are offered (AATSP, AATF, AATG, AATI).

so that:

  1. students can function multi-lingually and multi-culturally and with a critical awareness of self and others;
  2. students, across all fields of professional expertise, are prepared to function as informed, responsible, and effective citizens of an interdependent world
  3. students gain a profound appreciation of the complexity of language, the art of literary expression, and the richness of cultural traditions; and
  4. teachers, in training and in service, embrace the goals listed above and may accomplish them in their own classrooms.