Many students develop an early passion for languages and arts, but never realize the career options available to them to help them follow their dreams.

To expose these budding artists and scholars to the opportunities a university can offer, the NAU College of Arts and Letters is sponsoring two on-campus days for local middle and high school students to explore potential careers in the arts and languages.

“We want young people to be aware of the many options available to them at the university level that can, in turn, influence their long-term goals and plans,” said Jean Boreen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Having a fun time helps to instill a desire to be part of the university community.”

Seventy-five students from Williams and Flagstaff will attend the Middle School Arts and Languages Immersion Day on March 7. During this activity-filled day, professors and future teachers in the fields of art, English, history, modern languages, music and theater will work with students on a variety of projects. Highlights will include theater and musical performances.

The Department of Modern Languages will hold its first Modern Languages Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 28, in the du Bois Center. More than 200 high school students from Flagstaff will attend.

Guest speaker Peter Kastner, a German language professor from the University of Northern Colorado, will talk about careers in modern languages. Faculty members from the department will offer more than a dozen workshops on culture, languages, customs and traditions of different people around the world.