We are a diverse group of faculty that come from China, Ecuador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Senegal, Spain, The United States, Ukraine and Venezuela, and we would like to invite you to come and explore the world with us!
The Modern Languages and Cultures Department is committed to educating the whole person. Our mission is to create future professionals concerned with social justice and equip them with adequate skills for its practice domestically and abroad.
Our programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish provide students with:
Our curricula are the gateway to cultivating citizens of the world. We seek to educate multicultural, responsible leaders, who are engaged with empowering traditionally-marginalized communities and pursuing the common good of diverse peoples.
Learning about other cultures and civilizations through their language leads to a better understanding of one's self and the world in which we live. This process has a profound impact on its learners as:
I graduated from Seattle U with majors in Spanish and Sociology in 2003 and am filled with deep gratitude for the experiences and opportunities afforded to me during my undergraduate years. I entered college as a first generation student with limited financial resources and a small worldview. My passion for learning Spanish began in middle school and grew exponentially during my time in college. I can honestly say that studying abroad with the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in Puebla Mexico changed me for the better forever. And I’m so grateful for how easy it was to double major and make study abroad a reality! The LASP program ignited a spark and curiosity to explore the world and learn from different perspectives.
During those transformative six months, my Spanish improved drastically due to being fully immersed in a host family setting and navigating a new country and language. Important skills from this experience that I have carried forward with me (without realizing it in the moment) are: research skills, adaptability to new settings, cultural humility, and pursuit of passion. Another unexpected benefit of studying abroad was the lifelong friends that I met and continue to be close with. In fact, just before COVID-19 changed our reality in 2020, I had the great opportunity to travel to Peru with a few of these friends. This photo was taken at magical Machu Picchu.
My professors challenged my classmates and I and impressed us with their passion for their profession which ultimately led me to realize that my love of the college experience could be my calling. And here I am, almost 20 years later, Master of Education degree in Student Development Administration in hand, working at Seattle University as a Lead Academic Advisor. In this role, I support students through their journey and hopefully inspire them to follow their passions just as my mentors modeled for me.