Explore Modern China in Literature & Film in this upcoming course.Read on
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.
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.