The study of a culture through its language offers insights into unfamiliar worlds which cannot be realized in any other way; such study is one of the distinguishing features of a liberal arts education. Moreover, competence in a language other than English can provide a decided advantage for any post-graduate education or career objective. In addition to literature courses, various culture courses (some taught in the language of study, others in English) make aspects of this cultural tradition available to all students.

The Department also strongly encourages all students to investigate Occidental's opportunities for study abroad. In recent years, students from a wide variety of departments, including the sciences, have taken advantage of these programs, greatly enhancing their education and future opportunities. These programs exemplify Occidental's ideal of a liberal education that increases sensitivity to and appreciation of other cultures.

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