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Welcome to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures
Language is key to increasing one's understanding of today's world. The internationalization of travel, the arts, media, politics, science and technology, and the economic interdependence of the world's nations have caused a demand for the multilingual professional. This increasingly multinational character of American society itself demonstrates the importance of foreign languages in nearly every occupation.
The Department of Global Languages and Cultures offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in French, German, Italian, and Spanish as well as instruction in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and Russian. Because immersion is one of the most complete ways to develop language skills, we offer language programs in Costa Rica, France, Germany, and Spain.
The Department of Global Languages and Cultures at the University of Dayton offers majors in French, German, and Spanish, as well as instruction in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Latin and Russian. A major in Italian can be arranged. Courses offered in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures fall into one of three categories: language skill courses, linguistics and language instruction courses, and literature and culture courses. Language skills courses offer students the opportunity to develop proficiency/functional ability in reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural awareness, so effective communication with people from other cultures is achieved whether at home or abroad. Linguistic and foreign language instruction courses provide a foundation for comprehending the complexity of language acquisition and methodological approaches. Literature and culture courses expand the understanding and appreciation of the "other" through literary texts, films, art, history, traditions, and study abroad programs.
The University offers a teaching licensure option in French, German and Spanish to students enrolled in Department of Global Languages and Cultures programs. Students must satisfy all of the requirements in the department, as well as the requirements designated by the School of Education and Allied Professions for teacher licensure by the state of Ohio.
A foreign language can enhance many careers. Below is just a partial list of careers in which a language skill can make a big difference:
Business Executives, Sales Personnel, Personnel Managers, Public Relations Experts, U.S. Representatives for International Companies, International Banking, Investment Firms, Import/Export Companies, Chambers of Commerce, International Lawyers and Patent Attorneys, Receptionists, Secretaries, Fashion Buyers.
International News Correspondents; International News Photographers; Translators of Books, Articles, and Articles; Advertising for Ethnic or International Markets; Film Production; Entertainment Media; Interpreters; Voice of American Writers and Editors; International Teletype Operators; International Telephone Operators.
Elementary Teachers for Bilingual Programs, High School and Special Teachers for Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Teacher Education, University Comparative Literature Departments, University Language Departments, University Linguistics Departments, University Schools of Education, University Teaching English as a Second Language, Overseas Teaching for Private Corporations, Textbook Editors, Textbook Authors.
Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Affairs Office, Vista, Foreign Service Department, Federal Communications Commission, Peace Corps, Commerce Department, National Archives, Agency of International Development, Education Department, Civil Service Commission, Immigration and Naturalization Services, Customs, Library of Congress, Court Interpretation, UN Translators and Interpreters, CIA, CID, FBI), Armed Forces, International Cooperation Administration, U.S. Information Agency, Diplomats, Consuls, Commercial Attaches.
Translators of International Publications in Private and Public Libraries, Classifiers of International Documents, Employees with USIS Overseas, Research Assistants.
Archaeology, Museum Employees, Medical Professions in International Communities in the U.S. and/or abroad, Hospital Management, Scientific Research and Translating, Technical Liaison for U.S. Business Operating Internationally, Technology.
Nursing in International Communities, Law Enforcement Officers, Welfare Interviewers, Health Services, Income Tax Consultants, Missionary Work, Red Cross, Social Worker.
Travel Agents, Airline Hostesses and Stewards, Airport Personnel, International Travel Advisors, Tourist Guides, U.S. Conference Welcoming Groups, Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees.
Opportunities & Activities
Our majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. Learn about internships, service, research and more from the links at right.
Faculty & Staff
The faculty and staff of the Department of Global Languages and Cultures invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
Research & Scholarship
The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College's attention, the work of the College's faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College's achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members' creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.
Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Department of Global Languages and Cultures
University of Dayton
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center Room 352
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1539