Mission Statement and Assessment Plan
The faculty members of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service consonant with the Land and Sea Grant mission of the University of Maine.
- We recognize that quality teaching is our first commitment to the College, the University, and the people of the state of Maine;
- We are dedicated to our own professional development and to the vitality of our curriculum, and we also strive to be of service to our community and to the teachers of languages in the state of Maine;
- We are bound by our values as educators to apply ourselves to scholarly and creative works; our research contributes to pedagogical improvement, helps explain the cultural context of languages, and provides new knowledge for our disciplines.
The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is the University’s first provider of diversity training and international communication when it comes to learning the languages of the world and understanding the manifestations of global cultures. It offers graduate programs in French and Spanish, and undergraduate majors in French, Spanish, Romance Languages, and International Affairs. Minors are available in French, Spanish, Professional Languages, and Classical Studies, while an alternate language study program makes instruction through the intermediate level available in selected languages: Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese,Brazilian Portuguese and Russian, among others. Courses in German, Hebrew, and Latin are also offered. In addition to training the bulk of the state’s language teachers and providing professional opportunities to them, the Department is a touchstone for success on the international stage for all degrees, humanistic and professional, offered by the University of Maine.
For more information, please contact:
Jane S. Smith, Ph.D.
Carlos Villacorta Gonzales, Ph.D.
Administrative Specialist and Primary Contact