The Department of Foreign Languages has an important role in the overall University mission of providing a "liberal education for all students" and of preparing students for careers in the global community of the 21st century. The Department offers instruction at the appropriate level in the language proficiencies of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cross-cultural understanding. The Department also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) to assist international students who are non-native speakers of English.
Since the University mission also emphasizes "strong technical and professional education," the Department offers appropriate advanced instruction for majors and/or minors in French, German, Spanish, and International Business & Cultures (IBAC), as well as secondary school licensure in foreign languages. In order to facilitate instruction in these areas, the Department incorporates new technology into instructional methods and provides students with opportunities to use technology to enhance learning. The Department also supports study abroad experiences for majors and non-majors and promotes global awareness through classes taught in English for non-majors as well as symposia, film series, lectures, and cultural events.