The study of other languages and cultures has always been one of the most rewarding of human activities—one that is replete with intrinsic interest, practical value and insights into one’s own culture and behavior. But in today’s increasingly global environment, intercultural and interdisciplinary communication and knowledge have unprecedented value.
Arizona State University's establishment of the School of International Letters and Cultures anticipated an important report from the Modern Language Association calling for “a broader and more coherent curriculum in which language, culture and literature are taught as a continuous whole, supported by alliances with other departments and expressed through interdisciplinary courses.”
The school is organized into five language areas/faculties
- Classics and Middle Eastern Letters and Cultures
- East and Southeast Asian Letters and Cultures
- French and Italian Letters and Cultures
- German, Romanian and Slavic Letters and Cultures
- Spanish and Portuguese Letters and Cultures
Students have access to a variety of educational experiences that prepare them for life and citizenship in the modern world. These include the study of more than 20 languages, as well as opportunities for students to experience language and culture firsthand on campus cultural sharing activities, and opportunities to live in the ASU Global Village residential community.
In addition to courses taught by world-class faculty in both ancient and modern languages and cultures, students are exposed to a wide variety of world languages and cultures via study abroad programs, full-year or semester long language and cultural immersion programs, on campus international guest speakers, international student organizations, opportunities for intensive study through language flagship programs, and mentorship by international faculty.
The school actively engages with ASU faculty from other schools, departments and programs, including art history, global studies, history, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology and others. Such transdisciplinary collaborations foster integrative methods of performing research, relating knowledge and understanding phenomena.