A KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES...
is indispensable for leaders, journalists, educators, businessmen, medical professionals, social workers, nearly everyone. Even as the internet makes geographical boundaries and distance almost insignificant, we are becoming ever more aware of our need to understand other cultures deeply if we hope to work with - compete with - or learn from them. In the process of learning to understand other languages and peoples, we come to think in new ways, and we are connected to the world and to history. Our faculty is engaged with the community and its modern problems, and is also proud to offer some of ECU's most intellectually rigorous courses in the humanities:
Instruction is offered in Hispanic languages and civilization of Spain and the Americas. Degree Programs: Minor, BA in Hispanic Studies, BS in Hispanic Studies with teacher certification, Certificate in Spanish, Certificate in Spanish translation; Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation; graduate courses for the MA in International Studies. Courses in the literature and history of Hispanic culture from the Middle Ages to the modern world. Hispanic Studies majors are eligible for placement in a wide variety of excellent professional internships. Study abroad opportunities in Spain and the Americas; ECU participates in the NC Consortium academic year exchange with Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain and has several other direct exchange and summer programs. For more information see the Spanish Program Website.
Courses are offered in French language and civilization, the French-speaking Americas and Africa. Degree Programs: Minor, BA in French, BS in French with teacher certification, graduate courses for the MA in International Studies. Study abroad opportunities in many French-speaking countries; ECU has a direct exchange agreement with Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France. For more information see the French Program Website.
Instruction is offered in German language and civilization, and the German-speaking world from its beginnings to the post wall re-unification. Degree Programs: Minor, BA in German, BS in German with teacher certification, graduate courses for the MA in International Studies. Courses on German literary masterpieces, society and culture, including German for business communication. Study abroad: the UNC system has agreements with the nine universities of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. For more information see the German Program Website.
Instruction is offered in Latin, classical Greek, and the culture of the ancient Mediterranean from Egypt to the fall of the Roman empire. Degree Programs: Minor, Multidisciplinary BA in Classics or BA in Classical Civilization. Courses on classical literature and civilization of Greece and Rome, including Roman topography, Pompeian wallpainting, and Greek tragedy. Faculty from other departments offer classical history, art history, philosophy, religion, and medieval civilization through the Classical Studies interdisciplinary program.
Instruction is offered in Russian language and civilization from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Degree Programs: Minor, Multidisciplinary BA/BS in Russian Studies. Courses in Russian culture, 19th-120th century Russian literature, folklore, media, film, and literary criticism, including seminars on Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Russian émigré culture. Classes in Russian history, economics, politics, fine arts, ballet and music are offered by faculty from other departments through the Russian Studies interdisciplinary program. Study abroad: ECU has a direct exchange agreement with Saratov State University in Russia.
Courses are offered in Japanese. Degree Programs: Asian Studies Minor. Faculty from other departments offer Asian history, art history, anthropology, and religion through the Asian Studies interdisciplinary program. Study abroad opportunities are available in many Asian countries. ECU has a direct exchange agreement with Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan and regularly offers a Kyoto summer study tour.
Courses are offered in Italian language and civilization, including seminars on Dante and Renaissance literature. Faculty from other departments offer Italian history, art history, and literature in translation through the Medieval and Renaissance Studies interdisciplinary program. Study abroad opportunities are available at many Italian universities and through the ECU "Italy Intensives" program in Certaldo.