The purpose of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia Southern University is to prepare students to use their linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge to function successfully in a global environment. The department serves not only students who major or minor in a foreign language, but also students who major in other disciplines. By creating an environment in which students master both linguistic competence and cultural sensitivity, the department supports the university’s broader institutional vision of graduating students who “embrace the values of integrity, civility, kindness, respect, sustainability, citizenship, and social responsibility in every facet of the University.” (Georgia Southern Mission Statement).
Departmental programs, including study abroad components, consist of a variety of courses that teach the linguistic skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading, and engage the student in discussions of intercultural and intellectual traditions, perspectives, and artifacts. Faculty expect students to learn to analyze, understand, and appreciate, in a thoughtful and critical manner, literary, philosophical, social, and political texts and contexts, both historical and contemporary, of the regions where the target language is used. By focusing on these areas, students are prepared to be highly competent both linguistically and culturally.
Foreign Languages faculty apply the framework and guidelines set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as the standard for facilitating student progress towards advanced-level proficiency. ACTFL is “a national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S.”
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of World Languages & Cultures recognizes and celebrates the multiple and diverse identities represented by the university community, including, but not limited to, military status, age, language, race, nationality, ethnicity, ideology, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity (and expression), sexual orientation, religion, (dis)ability, and place of birth.
As members of the campus community, we share a responsibility for creating and actively maintaining a learning environment in which uniqueness is valued, equity and justice are sought, and inclusive excellence is practiced. We strive to create a culture where individual differences and identities are strengthening agents for the entire campus. In this environment, all community members can safely live their authentic lives and enjoy a successful learning experience.
Last updated: 4/15/2022