The Department of World Languages offers sequential study in French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish to prepare students to explore and discover rich, vibrant cultures. These languages are indispensable for communication with European, Hispanic, Latino, Mexican, and Central American peoples; the Francophone populations of Canada, Africa, the Near and Far East, and the Caribbean; and Mandarin Chinese-speaking populations of Asia. Proficiency in these languages enables students to appreciate another culture, either modern or ancient. Moreover, the study of a world language prepares students for careers in a variety of fields. Since our world is increasingly connected economically, politically, and culturally, the ability to communicate in a world language and to understand people form other cultures is crucial. The study of a world language provides students with the essential skills and knowledge for verbal expression and for understanding the cultural and literary achievements of another culture. In the modern language classroom, oral communication is continually emphasized, beginning in the first level. Although reading is introduced at the first level, students are introduced to serious literature at the third level. At the advanced levels, students are expected to use the world language to acquire knowledge of the history, civilization, culture, and literature as they refine their writing skills.