Language is the embodiment of culture and an expression of a people's way of thinking, feeling, and viewing the world. We have an increasing need to communicate directly with other peoples to achieve mutual understanding. Learning a new language opens new avenues of thought, new modes of expression, and new models of understanding. The study of foreign languages and literatures liberates the student from the confines of one culture.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is a group of individuals dedicated to helping connect our local students to the wider world community. We help our students connect with other people and cultures by helping them understand the thinking and worldviews of other cultures and parts of the world. This takes place through the study of the classics of great literature as well as via popular forms of communication.
Undergraduate students of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures develop an advanced level of proficiency in the target language over the course of their studies here. We help our students acquire an important skill set: concrete language abilities and cognitive tools that they can use for the rest of their lives. Along with the building of language skills, our department also provides opportunities here in the local community to foster cosmopolitanism and international consciousness, allowing our students to more easily embrace globalism and recognize their role as citizens of the world.
Faculty at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also educate future language teachers for Alaska and beyond. Our degree programs serve a need by producing graduates that strengthen the Alaskan workforce, particularly in the area of language teaching. In this way, our work impacts not only UAF students, but also the quality of language education in the entire state.
The Foreign Languages & Literatures department and the offices of all department faculty members are located on 6th floor of the Gruening building.
Information and Links
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Italian (ITAL), Arabic (ARAB), Chinese (CHNS) and American Sign Language (ASLG) courses at UAF are offered through the Community & Technical College -- please contact CTC for more information about those classes.
Questions? Comments? Contact the department!
Department of Foreign Languages
PO Box 756440
6th Floor Gruening Bldg
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6440
Phone: (907) 474-7396, Fax: (907) 474-5344