Modern Languages and Cultures Department

Congratulations to Julia Cordero, class of 2019, who won the prestigious Fulbright Award!

Studying abroad in Mexico with LASP opened new doors to my understanding of Mexican culture and my own culture as a Mexican American in the Pacific Northwest. I was able to connect with the Mexican people and my heritage in a real way that was inaccessible to me before. Upon returning to the United States after two quarters abroad, I interned as a teaching assistant in a dual-language program; this allowed me to share my knowledge in a manner that directed back to my surrounding community. If it weren't for my study abroad experience with LASP, I would not be where I am today: completing my masters in Secondary Education and on my way to complete a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Mexico.”


The foreign language programs in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic recognize academic, cultural, and practical purposes.


Foreign language study aims at broadening the scope of the student's intellectual development by affording both a facility in foreign languages and knowledge of other cultures. This end is achieved through the major programs in foreign languages or double majors that couple a major or minor in a foreign language with a major in another field.


Learning about another culture and civilization—its history, geography, literature, and art—through the medium of its language leads to a better understanding of one's self and the world in which we live. To achieve this goal, all foreign languages are taught in their cultural context. Courses in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish are taught in the vernacular.


Career opportunities involving foreign languages are expanding. For the university graduate with a specialization in a particular field and with proficiency in foreign languages, openings exist in the following fields: engineering, foreign trade, foreign service, international business, international law, librarianship, military, social work, teaching, tourism industry, and transportation. In addition, many graduate programs require proficiency in foreign language.

Degrees offered:

French: BA and minor

Spanish: BA and minor

Japanese: minor

Italian: minor

Chinese: minor

Arabic: Minor


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