The advantages gained by students through the study of a second language are numerous. At the academic level, studying a second language increases a student’s cognitive awareness and strengthens his/her critical thinking abilities. Professionally speaking, a student who is able to speak another language at an intermediate to high level of proficiency will have a competitive edge in an increasingly global work force.
Language learning also allows students to learn more about other cultures and the unique perspectives they may hold. As students understand more about other cultures, they, too, begin to see the world through different eyes. Ironically, learning about another culture not only broadens a student’s horizon in terms of world views, but it also allows a better understanding of the student’s own native culture.
A second language major will…
Prepare students to become future teachers of languages
Prepare students to a second language as a tool in their graduate studies
Enhance students’ work in the mission field
Supplement other areas of international studies
Encourage students to learn about and understand other cultures