Acquiring proficiency in a second language is not only an intrinsic part of the traditional humanities curriculum; it is also an essential skill for the global economy of the Twenty-First Century. At Millersville, the twin cornerstones of the Foreign Language program are immersion and authenticity. Beginning at the elementary level, modern language instruction is conducted almost entirely in the target language. Since instruction is built on presenting materials in culturally authentic situations, using state-of-the-art technologies (computer, satellite TV, video, etc.) the student with no background, or only limited background in the target language can acquire a high level of functional ability in reading, understanding, speaking, and writing that language by pursuing a major or minor in the Department of Foreign Languages. To enhance language proficiency and also acquire experience that will be invaluable to their future careers, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one academic semester abroad and/or complete an internship or cooperative project in an agency, company, or country where their language skills can be put to use.
Individual courses or a course of study leading to a major or minor in a foreign language are an ideal addition to any curriculum in Millersville University's three Schools. Foreign language Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) graduates, because of their training, are sought after by schools, especially in South Central Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Arts (BA) graduates attend graduate schools to pursue advanced studies in specialties related to their majors or find employment in government and industry using their language skills. Even for those not pursuing a language major or minor, second-language study provides insights into language, one of the most important forms of human activity, in ways that the monolingual person cannot begin to appreciate. And finally, many students simply find language study fun as well as broadening. With all these points in mind, we want to encourage Millersville students to enrich their experience by joining us in the Department of Foreign Languages.