Students not only master the mechanics of another language but also immerse themselves in the arts, traditions, and customs of those who speak it. Under the direction of the faculty – and aided by the multimedia Language Center – students come to understand different ways of thinking and living. The result is a consciousness that is truly global.
Extensive offerings are provided in five modern languages – Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish – and in Latin and Greek, taught for beginners through a multitude of courses for advanced students. The Classical Honors Program attracts students who achieve a high level of competence in Latin and Greek. Meeting in rooms with innovative language-learning technology, small classes ensure that students receive personal attention from faculty members, most of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach.
SPS students can improve their language skills dramatically through study abroad opportunities in China, France, Germany, Japan, or Spain.