Chair Leasa Lutes , Graeme Bird, Damon DiMauro, Pilar Pérez Serrano, Gregor Thuswaldner. Part-time: Denise Campoli, Lei Carter, Ian Drummond, Maureen Gedney.
MISSION: Recognizing that at the heart of global education is the active knowledge of foreign languages and cultures, the Department of Languages and Linguistics assists Gordon students in becoming globally educated and locally involved in ethnic communities while providing a wide array of language, culture, literature and linguistics classes from a distinctly Christian perspective. The department serves Gordon students in the core by facilitating their acquisition of basic communicative skills with respect to modern languages, their receptive and analytic skills in the case of ancient languages and their new understanding of other cultures, be they modern or ancient.
Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG) is a national foreign language honor society whose Kappa Epsilon chapter was established at Gordon College in 1983 to acknowledge achievement in the field of foreign languages, encourage academic excellence in the field of linguistics and cultural studies, promote cultural awareness inherent in foreign language learning, and foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendship. Invitation to membership in the Gordon chapter is contingent upon the support of a faculty member in the department and is extended to students who meet qualifications. For more information contact the department.
Honors in French, Spanish, Combined Languages or Linguistics
Seniors who maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major and a 3.0 GPA overall may graduate with honors in French, Spanish, combined languages or linguistics. General requirements for the program include a substantial research project culminating in a written honors thesis which is also orally presented and defended in front of department faculty. In addition, honors students may take additional classes beyond their major requirements in disciplines such as sociology, comparative literature, history or philosophy.
Further studies in German
Students wishing to further their studies in German beyond the 200 level may participate in the Heidelberg College semester in Germany or develop a Pike proposal if their academic record merits an invitation to do so.