A few years ago, faculty in the former Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures initiated discussions with the Colleges of Engineering and Business in order to develop a second-major option in a world language major. In April 2002, the department organized a colloquium to raise consciousness regarding languages and professions at ISU. “Languages and Cultures for Professions: Internationalizing the Curriculum” assembled national and international experts from international engineering, business, and agriculture on campus.
As a result of this effort, formal second major programs with the Colleges of Engineering in 2003 and Business were established in 2004. In April of 2004, the department received notification that it had received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Title VI-A UISFL) to fund the LCP curricular initiative for the period 2004-2007. The grant supports curricula which integrate extensive training in languages and cultures with professional curricula in order to foster the global literacy of ISU students.
Today, students in the LCP option can take courses that have been designed to meet the demands of professionals in a global marketplace. These include existing languages courses in “Business and Professions,” new courses on contemporary society and culture (e.g., “France Today,” “Germany Today,” “Latin America Today,” or “Russia Today” as well as a wide range of courses in language and civilization.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures also is developing exciting study abroad and internship opportunities for LCP students. Graduates will be proficient in their language area and will have had experience living and working in another culture.