While both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in the Philosophy and Communication Studies programs, students are encouraged to earn the BA both for a greater understanding of the content of their major as well as for better career preparation.
The department offers majors and minors in French, German and Spanish. All three languages also have a teaching emphasis major and minor for those interested in going into language education. Beginning with language courses covering the "four skills" of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Curricula for these programs include courses in literature, culture and civilization, as well as required courses in linguistics and cross-cultural analysis.
Language minors are offered in Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian, in addition to French, German, and Spanish. Minors in these languages emphasize language use in a variety of settings and help the students to appreciate and understand the culture communities associated with a particular language. The Chinese minor also has a teaching emphasis option.
The department offers both a major and minor in philosophy. Coursework provides students with an understanding of the primary fields within the discipline, including logic, ethical theory, applied ethics, history of philosophy and metaphysics/epistemology.
The communication studies program is designed to help students develop a broad range of communication skills and understanding of how communication affects individuals, organizations, and societies. Students receive a well-rounded education in speech communication and its related areas, including courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and more. There are two minors in communication studies; one is primarily focused on organizational communication and a teaching emphasis minor is for those who will be teaching in high schools.
The Asian Studies major requires students to demonstrate linguistic competence in either, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. This is accomplished by successfully passing one of the 3010/3020 third year courses. Other coursework involves a wide range of topics related to the history, culture, politics, and social norms of various Asian communities.
This major gives students the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to thrive while engaging in work in intercultural contexts. Students in this program study communication, a second language, ethics, culture, and world affairs. The major requires coursework in five main areas: introductory courses on intercultural and global communication; communication specific courses on interpersonal communication, communicating in organizations, persuasion and conflict management; language courses that focus on language skills in applied areas, such as business; philosophy courses on ethics; and courses on world affairs that apply to students’ specific goals. The major also involves a practicum where students engage with a community distinct from his or her own cultural community.
Latin American Studies
The Latin American Studies minor, an interdepartmental program within the college containing the humanities and social sciences, provides students with an interdisciplinary and rigorous introduction to Latin America. The minor complements existing majors through the expansion and development of regional knowledge and expertise. After completing the minor, students will have demonstrated language competence and enhanced historical, political, economic, cultural, and sociological understanding of the countries and peoples of Latin America.
Language is what makes us human. We get things done as people by using language. Linguistics is the study of language: what it is, how it works, how it is learned, and how best to teach people a new language. Coursework for this minor involves study of the structure of language in general as well as the phonological, morphological and syntactic features of particular languages.