Foreign Languages
        and Literature

Mission Statement

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is vital to the social and intellectual life of the College of Liberal Arts and the University of Nevada. We contribute a crucial component to the university’s efforts to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for an increasingly diverse world in which communicating well across cultures and competing globally determine success. The quality and effectiveness of the department’s programs are essential to the success of the university, both locally, in an increasingly multilingual State, and globally, in an increasingly networked world.

The department provides students with the cultural background, critical thinking skills, and communicative proficiency they need to navigate in a complex global environment. The department offers undergraduate students rigorous, innovative programs of study in their chosen fields, from basic courses in a variety of foreign languages to advanced courses in literature, film, culture, critical theory, translation, and linguistics. The department offers a Master of Arts degree program in Spanish that aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base from which to pursue more-specialized studies, to offer a depth of experience in scholarship, and, for graduate assistants, student teaching and research that will advance their future professional activities. The department's excellent placement record attests to its commitment to the intellectual and professional formation of its graduate and undergraduate students.


 The department promotes discovery, creativity, and the advancement of knowledge and mutual understanding. Our faculty is composed of active, engaged teachers and scholars who present their research and creative work in major venues, from respected journals and leading scholarly presses to regional, national, and international conferences. Our language teachers use the latest methodologies and teaching technologies, including the foreign language multimedia facility, smart classrooms, and the Internet. The department supports the scholarly and creative work of its faculty and students at home and abroad, and recognizes that truly innovative work often changes how we view our own and other fields of knowledge.

The department serves both the university and the community. Our faculty devote considerable time to service at the university, advising students, administering programs, participating in specialized committees, and contributing to faculty governance. The department also plays a significant role in the community, engaging in outreach programs, film festivals, interpreting services, and other cultural activities. Faculty and students donate their time and professional expertise to the region, the state, the nation, and the world.


Reasons to Study a Foreign Language 

In addition to broadening your life experiences and your view of the world, studying a foreign language improves your communication skills and cognitive and critical thinking abilities. In addition, language study on your transcripts will give you an advantage in any career choice. Foreign language study offers a wider understanding of the cultures of countries trading with the United States. Multinational corporations seek employees with multilingual communicative abilities to compete in a global market. An employer will see the employee with various language abilities as a bridge to new clients.

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