New Grant Expands Language Across Curriculum Program
A grant of nearly $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Education will help Baldwin Wallace University expand its Language Across the Curriculum program into 15 majors and hire a new professor of Chinese and Business to bring nonwestern cultural perspectives to current programs.
BW will receive $195,109 from the U.S. Department of Education's Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages program and will provide matching funding of $270,693 over the next two years.
"Today's students find themselves in a world that truly is interconnected and interdependent," said Judy Krutky, professor of political science and international studies, who will direct the grant implementation with the assistance of co-directors Maria Marin, associate professor of foreign language, and Javier Morales-Ortiz, assistant professor of political science and international studies.
"Students need to develop cultural competency and be able to apply their foreign language skills to uses appropriate in their future careers," Krutky noted. Faculty from 15 different majors will participate in the project and develop courses to help students build needed skills.
"BW is increasingly recognized as a national leader in this area," she added. "This grant will provide funds for planning and faculty development initiatives to expand the ways that our students can use not just Spanish, French and German, but also Chinese and Arabic. It also will provide exciting options and enhancement to the other interdisciplinary programs we are developing."
Additionally, it will provide supplemental scholarship funding for students who have taken the new LAC courses to study abroad.