Goals of the College
Languages and Cultures Residential College introduces students to the cultures of non-English speaking countries and also to the phenomenon of cross-cultural communication. Through the discussion of topics such as daily life, the arts, society, politics, religion, pop culture and commerce, students develop a greater appreciation for the differences and commonalities that make up our world.
The specific learning goals of the College are:
- Students will learn how language affects our vision, values, and understanding of the world in which we live.
- Students will discover how to situate themselves within their own particular cultural and linguistic context and understand how it differs from the contexts of others.
- Students will practice identifying, analyzing, and negotiating cultural and linguistic differences.
These learning goals are met through the curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular offerings in the college. One seminar has been taught every year, with the exception of 2009-10 when Professor Faull was on sabbatical and that is “How We do things with Words.” This course focuses on the acquisition of basic terminology in the field of cross cultural pragmatics and intercultural communication. The other seminars in the college have included a study of Russian family structure, French gastronomie, travel literature, and cross cultural notions of love and sex.