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:

  • Language proficiency and essential skills to establish meaningful personal and intellectual connections with a global community.
  • Knowledge, tools, and experiences to broaden their view of the world. 
  • Ability to be inclusive, treat others with dignity and make a difference by learning to communicate with and appreciate other cultures, and
  • Intercultural cooperation proficiencies.

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:

  • It challenges students to articulate their thoughts and convey meaning in another language.
  • They start to reflect on their position in society, and that of others, which allows them to respectfully engage their community locally and globally.
  • They develop the ability to put themselves in the shoes of people that come from different backgrounds, thus becoming empathic and compassionate. Students are able to understand the experiences of people from other countries that live in the United States who may have difficulties navigating the English language.
  • It allows students to travel the world and embrace it with confidence and joy!

Featured Student Spotlight

Ready to Transfer to SU?

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When I first began my time at Seattle University, I knew that I would study Spanish. Prior to my time in the University I had studied Spanish for a cumulative 7 years, but I had not yet achieved anything close to fluency. The Spanish major at Seattle U really changed that for me. I spent four years doing my best to grasp at something that would be close to fluency. The caring and familial nature of the Spanish department allowed me to grow. Of course, this started with basic Spanish courses that covered simple grammar, but eventually I found myself going abroad to expand my skills.

Michael Ninen BA, Spanish and International Studies; minor, Latin American Studies 2020

Contact Us

Sonia Barrios Tinoco
Chair
206.296.2458
barrioss@seattleu.edu

Sarah Miranda
Senior Administrative Assistant
206.296.5380
mirandas@seattleu.edu