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Ours is a world in which social and business interaction between peoples of varied backgrounds and languages is increasingly possible and important. Ability in a foreign language opens windows to that world. It facilitates enjoyment and learning when traveling, increases awareness of culturally diverse peoples, and affirms the oneness of the human family.
It also enhances career opportunities. Many careers rely heavily on foreign languages, including medicine, law, law enforcement, diplomacy, geography, and education. Employers in these fields expect that foreign language users will speak to them with some ease. Knowledge of a foreign language also prepares students for graduate school. Many masters and doctoral programs require knowledge of one and sometimes two foreign languages.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at BYU–Idaho builds speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and cultural awareness in five languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Students will find programs to meet their needs in the following areas:
-- A Spanish education major
-- A Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, or TESOL education minor