The Modern Languages program offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish are limited to enrollments of 15 to 18 students in the first three years of study. Fourth-year courses use a seminar format, with a usual enrollment of 4 to 8 students.
Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic and Greek courses are taught in a tutorial or "self-instructional" format, with enrollments limited to 3 to 6 students.
Examinations in these languages are primarily oral and are administered by external examiners appointed by the University. All instructors in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic and Greek, and most instructors in Western languages, are native speakers.
Requirements for the language minors include:
- 24 credit hours of coursework beyond the first year of study, including the "thesis-direction course"
- Advanced-level Certification of Proficiency in the language
- A minor thesis written in the target language
- An oral defense of the thesis before a faculty committee
- Demonstration of research skills
A Certificate of Proficiency is also available for students who have successfully passed the series of written Proficiency examinations and an extensive oral examination.