In an increasingly interdependent world, the study of languages and cultures, including the heritage languages and cultures of immigrants to the United States, is a fundamental part of every student’s education. Knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with different societies equip university graduates for more intelligent choices as citizens of today’s world, and enhance their effectiveness in a range of career fields, including law, journalism, business, education, health care, banking, social work, management, international administration and many others in the public and private sectors. The study of linguistics and human communication provides perspectives and tools of analysis useful in every human endeavor.
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You have seen the statements on structural racism by the University of Maryland System and by UMBC. The MLLI Faculty have also created collaboratively an interdisciplinary list of resources per request of students asking for reading recommendations about racism and anti-racism.