Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Department of World Languages

Watch a welcome video by Dr. Marilyn Manley, department chair.

Our students gain language profieciency and cultural competence in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. In order to play a meaningful role in world discourse, in order to protect our national security, and in order to compete with our international counterparts in every field imaginable, the knowledge of world languages is now a fundamental and indispensable part of every student's education.


Did you know that Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken language today after English, Spanish and Chinese? It is spoken in more than 22 countries by over 432 million people worldwide. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Arabic is a Semitic language with an alphabet consisting of 28 letters, including three vowels. It is written from right to left in cursive. It is a very rich language that has influenced a great number of other languages.


Did you know that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe? German is the official language of Germany, Austria, and Lichtenstein. It is also the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania. German belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language family and is closely connected to English. Learning German can connect you to over 150 million speakers around the globe!



Did you know that Italian is the fourth most studied world language in the U.S? Join this community! Whether you are of Italian heritage and would like to connect with the language of your ancestors, or whether you come from a different background but love Italian culture, our program is the perfect place for you to explore Italian culture.


Is the Japanese language too difficult to learn? If you begin with one of our Japanese courses, you will soon answer “No” to this question. Japanese is ranked as the 6th most studied language in the world, and it is currently being taught in 142 different countries. In the United States, 1446 different


Worldwide, Spanish is spoken by over 400 million Spanish speakers, and that number increases drastically if we include those who speak Spanish as a second language. In the United States, Spanish is the second most spoken language. Learning Spanish will open new doors for you, allowing you to discover a world of infinite opportunities.