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Foreign language courses allow entry into the subjectivity of the language on its own cultural and linguistic grounds, allowing for a more profound redefinition of culture. The Department of Modern Languages provides Chinese language courses for the purpose of general education and in support of other college programs.
As part of the Department of Classics, the major and minor in Classics entails an education in both ancient Greek and Latin, focusing on the literature, history and culture of both ancient Greece and Rome. Whether through the art of poetry, the rhetoric of politics, the logic of philosophy, or the analysis of historiography, the study of Greek and Latin inculcates a lucidity of expression and a predilection for reason, as it inspires creativity, civic awareness, ethical behavior, and critical inquiry.