College of Arts and Science - where great minds meet Home

Why Study Languages?

On our website, students will find much information on:

  • The value of studying languages
  • The large number and variety of careers for which language study prepares students
  • The statistics which best demonstrate the importance and relevance of the languages which we teach
  • The personal and professional rewards which language study can bring to students.

The dizzyingly fast development of venues for global communication has been brought into the homes of every computer owner worldwide via the Internet. Pending some fluency of any language, we can now communicate with any linguistic community and participate in the dialogue and discussion on current events of any country or area of the globe linked to the net. While these developments have made us aware of the extent to which English is used worldwide, they have also provided English and other speakers with a wealth of resources for stepping out beyond their monolingual status and for recognizing their responsibility as global citizens to also learn to communicate with other cultures in their own terms and in their own language. Of the many statistics regarding languages available on our web site, one in particular is worth emphasizing: It has been estimated that less than 6% of the world’s population speaks English as its primary language and, although twice as many may speak it as a second or third language, this still means that anywhere from 75% to 80% of the world population does not. It should also be noted that the growing orientation of psychological research toward neurology is making some very interesting discoveries regarding the cognitive distinctions between monolingual individuals vs. those who speak two or more languages. Several of these recent studies, which have focused on brain activity and on the onset of mental diseases related to aging, suggest that there are many more benefits associated with the acquisition of more than one language than previously thought.