Russian Language Journal


Sam Eisen


cultural engagement, humanities, disciplines, language


The Language Flagship program provides a model that strengthens and deepens cultural engagement within the humanities and creates bridges to collaboration across disciplines. Flagship addresses needs for national security and global competitiveness and integrates professional and life experience into the humanities and other fields for the students who engage in this course of study. The cross-disciplinary nature of the Flagship program and the level of personal, cultural and professional engagement required to complete the program are successfully changing the undergraduate study experience in ways that address significant issues in the ongoing discussion of a crisis in the humanities. The Language Flagship model stresses in all aspects: participation over marginality; experiential components of value to intellectual and academic growth; collaboration across disciplines and professional fields; a clear articulation of rationale and accountability to the public; and integration of professional level language proficiency and cultural understanding across disciplines.