Languages Open Doors
In addition to fulfilling a General Education requirement for many majors, studying another language provides rich life and career opportunities. The knowledge you gain from your study of a global language can make you a more skilled communicator in English, and the greater sensitivity to other cultures that comes from studying a language is invaluable on the job market and beyond.
Whatever your degree, knowledge of another language will give you a leg up on the competition, providing you with some of the soft skills that many employers are seeking. Being able to speak, read, and write even a bit of another language can open new doors, allowing you to make friends overseas, to experience another culture from the inside, and to reimagine your own life choices and possibilities through the lens of a different way of life.
At Penn State Behrend, you will receive personalized instruction from expert teachers. Class sizes are kept low, and professors are of the highest caliber. Employing the most current instruction methods, they travel frequently and bring to the classroom their experiences in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Latin America.
If you enjoy languages and want to learn more about other cultures, join the Languages Club, International Student Organization, or Multi-Cultural Council. Or study abroad. Penn State Behrend offers a variety of study abroad opportunities, including three regularly offered courses that include an embedded trip overseas: IT 130 Italian Culture and Civilization, PL ET 499 International Plastics Experience, and SPAN 130 Iberian Civilization.
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