School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University
The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) at Purdue University promotes international understanding, intercultural communicative competence, and provides rigorous world language education. Its undergraduate offerings include nine majors; eleven minors; courses in 14 languages; and courses in civilization, culture, film, linguistics, and literature. There are also numerous extracurricular activities available to students, such as language clubs, honor societies, conversation hours, and cultural events.
The School offers language classes for business and engineering and other specialized professional purposes. Translation classes are also offered in some languages. Study abroad opportunities allow students to strengthen their language skills while immersing themselves in other cultures. Internships also help students hone their language skills. Plus, they enable students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to businesses, organizations, and communities throughout the world.
SLC also provides ways for students to accelerate degree completion and enhance their programs of study. The Degree in Three program offers a path for students to earn their degrees in three years while saving money on college expenses. The new Degree Plus program enables students to complete a dual degree. Students can earn double degrees, both a BA in a language and a BS in a STEM field, without needing to complete the core classes normally required for the BA degree.
The School of Languages and Cultures provides courses in the following languages:
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Ancient Greek
- Hebrew (Biblical and Modern)
It also offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs that include 120 credits of liberal arts core courses, major courses, and elective courses. Academic advisers meet with students regularly to help them with academic planning, course selection, and career development.
Interdisciplinary Majors in Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, and Italian Studies
Majors in Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Italian Studies, and Classical Studies emphasize the languages and cultures of both modern and ancient societies.
The BA in Asian Studies focuses on China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. It combines the study of Chinese or Japanese with courses taught in English in fields such as art history, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The BA in Chinese Studies includes courses in Chinese language, culture, film studies, history, literature, and religion. It provides students with general literacy and appreciation of the variety and richness of both modern and traditional Chinese studies.
The BA in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses from the Department of History, the School of Languages and Cultures, and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance. Its curriculum includes courses in culture, film, literature, and language (levels I to VI). The BA in Classical Studies provides understanding about the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It teaches the languages and literature, history and philosophy, and archaeology and art of these ancient cultures.
Language programs integrate the study of language with cultural aspects of each country.
The BA in French provides a full range of courses in film, languages, linguistics, literature, and second language acquisition. Specialized courses are offered in Business French and two French minors are available, either in Business French or in French Culture. Also, both francophone cultural topics and French conversation courses are available.
The BA in German includes German core language courses as well as German cinema, literature, civilization, and conversation courses. Specialized course are offered in Business German and German for Science and Engineering, and students may earn a Certificate of Achievement in German for Professional Purposes.
The BA in Japanese provides in-depth understanding of Japanese languages, linguistics, and literature. The Japanese department also has opportunities to enrich cultural understanding and language development through weekly CHAT-noMA sessions, study abroad, and through the well-known JET Program.
The BA in Russian includes coursework in Russian civilization, culture, film, and literature, as well as conversation courses. A specialized course is offered in Business Russian regarding commercial transactions and business materials. Opportunities to develop cultural and language competency arise through formal and informal social gatherings.
The BA in Spanish offers a variety of courses in the literature and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries, as well as specialized courses such as Business Spanish, Spanish for the Health Professions, and Spanish Translation and Interpretation.
A minor from SLC can serve students with specific career goals and especially those who wishing to enhance their career prospects in the global workplace. Students can choose from Arabic, Asian Studies, Business French, Islamic Studies, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish for the Professions. And even for students who have an affinity for languages, they can also decide to minor in Chinese, Classical studies, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish! Whatever the reason, a minor or two from SLC provides a solid foundation for students wishing to join the world job market.
SLC faculty members are excellent teachers and accomplished scholars who examine a diverse range of issues and topics. They have received prestigious awards for their teaching and international acclaim for their research.
They edit prominent publications including "Global Business Languages," "Proceedings of the Japanese Literary Studies," and "Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures." They also help advance the study of languages. For example, Professor Christiane Keck spearheaded the development and promotion of Business German courses in the United States, and Professor Atsushi Fukada has developed the nationally recognized “Speak Everywhere” online platform for enhancing language students’ oral skills.
SLC students acquire the liberal arts skills and cultural awareness to traverse physical and cultural boundaries and help create a global community. They use their language skills to excel in many positions including the following:
- Business and diplomatic leaders in international trade
- Globally engaged engineers
- Community volunteers
- Professionals at multi-national companies
- Researchers and scholars of foreign literatures and cultures
- Translators and teachers of diverse languages
Purdue University, one of the foremost, public research institutions in the country, is committed to student success, affordable education, and scientific discovery. To this end, it has frozen tuition and many of its fees at the 2012-2013 levels. It emphasizes faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. It supports faculty and students in pursuing scientific discoveries and developing innovative solutions.
The university maintains a welcoming and inclusive community rich in resources including art galleries, athletics, cultural centers, diversity programs, Greek life, lecture series, performing arts, student organizations, and theatres.
It is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, which is situated between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. It's also within walking distance of Lafayette. Together, these cities provide a variety of amenities including agritourism, arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, outdoor recreation, and shopping.
Location & Contact
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||December 12th||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score Accepted||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||617|