Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Modern Language Studies Learning Goals

Students who major in a modern language can expect to achieve the following learning goals:

  • Speak the language studied in a way intelligible to native speakers, including the ability to converse comfortably on general topics
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Francophone, German, or Hispanic literatures and cultures
  • Critical thinking skills or formulate and defend a thesis in a written or oral format
  • Mastery of the basic research skills necessary to write a paper or give a research presentation in the language studied
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written communication in the language studied
  • Students seeking certification to teach the language studied should have a basic knowledge of second language acquisition