“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.”
"When I started at Seattle U, I never expected to graduate with a major in Spanish. I started taking Spanish classes because the College of Arts and Sciences required 15 credits of modern language courses. It just so happened that the Spanish department offered my class an opportunity to earn a Spanish Minor on a Summer abroad program in Nicaragua. This program was the opportunity I was looking for to study abroad while not interfering with my main program of study. It was perfect for me. After completing my Spanish minor requirements in Nicaragua, I kept taking Spanish classes as electives because they had become the highlight of my week. My professors were engaging, and the class topics catered to my interests in film, literature, and history. I ended up declaring Spanish as my second major during my senior year, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Social Work with an additional major in Spanish. Since graduation, I have been working as a counselor and case manager in organizations serving unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Seattle area. My studies in the Spanish department gave me orientation in communication and culture that I pull from every day in my work with immigrant youth. The academic formation I received also prepared me to apply for and receive a Fulbright research grant in Guatemala. I will be departing in January 2020 to conduct 10 months of research on the emerging New Masculinities movement in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Because of my Spanish major, my life and career is going on an exciting trajectory that I never dreamed it would go."
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.
French: BA and minor
Spanish: BA and minor