Modern and Classical Languages
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Languages taught through the intermediate level include Hindi, Italian and Portuguese.
Overview: There is a growing need for educated professionals to be versed in foreign languages. The global communication that characterizes our world today makes the knowledge of foreign languages important in a variety of fields. In addition, knowledge of classical languages, such as Greek and Latin, makes accessible many aspects of science, literature, medicine, law, theology and philosophy.
The department believes that without proficiency in foreign languages, true cultural understanding remains difficult to obtain. To be effective, language education must provide meaningful insight and access to foreign cultures. The study of foreign language in its cultural context belongs in the mainstream of solid liberal arts education.
Curriculum: The undergraduate curriculum offers intense programs in classical humanities, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian and Spanish. The course work reflects a commitment to oral proficiency in the modern languages. Students will be able to speak the language with confidence before graduating.
Faculty: The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is comprised of faculty members from national and international universities.
Internships: Students may have the opportunity to use their language skills in summer business internships.
Careers: Saint Louis University has developed comprehensive foreign and classical language curricula that are easily compatible with majors in other fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Those students who pursue a double-major find that they are better qualified for professional employment. By combining practical aspirations with the humanizing and broadening effects of language studies, undergraduate majors are prepared to perform in a number of rewarding careers. These include foreign service, international business and law, scientific research, social service and other areas with a cross-cultural dimension.