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We're making changes -

As of July 1, 2014, our department has a new name: Languages, Cultures, and International Trade. We chose the name to better reflect the full range of things we do, which include not only literature but other aspects of culture (pop culture, business culture, film, etc.).  And we’ve added “International Trade” to call attention to our innovative FLIT program. The changes to the department go deeper than a name change: among the highlights are a new program in East Asian Language and Culture and a new minor in ASL.  For more details on those changes, click here.

As we transition to the new programs, we’ll be updating our website. If you have any questions about the new programs (or anything else!), please give us a call at 618 536 5571 or email us at forlang@siu.edu.  

Learn where languages can take you

Learning another language will enrich your life and expand your opportunities. Here at SIU, we offer you a wide range of options to put your language study to use. You can develop a high level of fluency in a specific language and culture by specializing in one of our language and culture areas: Classics, French, German, or Spanish. If you're interested in international business, try our Foreign Language and International Trade program, where you'll take courses in business and cap your study off with an internship abroad. Or combine your language study with courses on global and regional issues in our new International Studies program.

Broaden your horizons

Learn a second language, and you’ll experience a second culture from the inside and connect with people who speak that language on a whole different level. You can read more books, appreciate more films and music. You can do business with people in their own language, with an understanding of their own culture. You can help address global problems with an insider’s knowledge about another region.

Understanding another language and culture gives you a whole new perspective on your own language and culture. You gain access to another way of thinking about the world, and can free yourself from the linguistic and cultural boundaries of your own. 

Get in touch

Do look around our site to learn more, and check out our facebook page to share the latest on foreign languages on campus and in the wider world. Or contact us directly.  We'd love to hear from you.

Come celebrate Foreign Language Day with us!

Every year, the department celebrates language learning and culture with area high school teachers and students. Please join us as we provide cultural presentations and activities in addition to the popular Scholar Bowl in the French, German, Latin, and Spanish languages.

To register, click here.