Experience

World Languages & Cultures

Understanding Appreciating Languages Cultures

Culver students not only embrace global citizenship, but also gain a deeper understanding of the languages and cultures of others.

In order to foster a kind, respectful culture of global awareness and intercommunication within and outside our campus community, the Department of World Languages and Cultures strives to develop culturally intelligent global citizens who can empathize with persons from cultures other than their own and communicate effectively in a second language. We aim to cultivate these skills in our students through proficiency-oriented language instruction and the mindful development of both intra- and intercultural competency.

World Languages & Cultures Instruction

  • Courses provide a foundation in language and culture in Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish – and all upper-level modern language classes are conducted primarily in the target language.
  • Students are active participants in their learning as they explore cultures and language using interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills. Teachers guide students throughout their journey toward proficiency by creating a constructivist, student-centered classroom that is infused with authentic sources.
  • The Honors Seminar expands student knowledge of a target language, its literature and culture through the completion of a research project under the guidance of an honors advisor.