World Languages and Cultures Requirement

A cornerstone of global citizenship, proficiency in a world language is essential for effective communication, cooperation and collaboration among people of different cultures. The process of learning another language inspires open-mindedness and adaptability, awakens curiosity and creativity, fosters innovative paths of inquiry and discovery, and builds a deeper understanding of oneself and others.

This is the philosophy behind the World Languages and Cultures requirement (see Global Engagement) of the Brandeis Core that all undergraduates demonstrate a range of intermediate-level proficiency skills in a language other than English (including American Sign Language). For more detailed information on the requirement, please explore the online University Bulletin.

Learning Goals

To fulfill the World Languages and Cultures requirement, students are expected to

  1. Achieve at least an intermediate level of proficiency in a single language (speaking and listening and/or reading and writing), as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency guidelines.
  2. Understand the role of language in the formation and expression of cultural identity.
  3. Understand the ways in which language may shape human thought and perception of objective reality.
  4. Comprehend the role languages play in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.