The Foreign Language Department encourages a cultural and humanistic approach to the study of foreign language as the best means of expanding communication and understanding among the many people who make up the community of nations, be it at home or abroad.
Since language is an integral part of culture, one must be familiar with a particular language in order to be familiar with the culture of people who speak it. Language is basic to mutual understanding. Understanding is synonymous with humanitarianism. Once the student understands the man of the culture, he will better understand the expression of his desires, attitudes, aspirations and tribulations.
From the study of a foreign language and culture, the student will acquire a better understanding of his own language and culture and of himself and his place in society. Understanding will lead him to creativity -- to a better society for himself and for his fellow man.