“El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos.”*
Learning a foreign language at Washington College opens up a world of opportunities. Our faculty have traveled and studied in all corners of the globe, and we want our students to do the same.
Our courses prepare you to live and work in the global community of the 21st century. Our expert professors will give you powerful tools for communicating with people all around the world. But you will also experience language and culture firsthand. At Washington College, you can learn how to dance the flamenco, chat in French over coffee and croissants, make origami, and plan a real Oktoberfest meal.
Our graduates pursue successful careers in diverse fields: education, international education, journalism, social services, business, international business, economics, government, law, international law, and applied and theoretical sciences.
The Department of Modern Languages will help you prepare for your role in the world after college, whatever, and wherever, that might be.
*The person who speaks two languages is worth two.
Weekly Coffee and Conversation
Looking for a way to practice your foreign language skills? The department offers sessions for those interested in practicing their spoken language. All levels are welcome!
- Kaffeestunde (German) - Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, Java George’s, Hodson Hall
- Pause café (French)- Wednesdays from 3-4, Java George’s, Hodson Hall
- Tertulia (Spanish)- Wednesdays from 4-4:45 in the first floor lounge, Chester Hall
- Zona Parla (Advanced Spanish)- Fridays from 5-6pm, lounge, Minta Martin Hall
- Japanese Coffee Hour-Fridays from 5-6 in the third floor lounge, Chester Hall
Chris Miller ’14, a biology major fluent in Spanish, helps local Hispanic families navigate the community health care system.
Students describe their experience studying foreign languages in the Modern Languages department at Washington College.
Alana Wase ’06 speaks about her academic and professional experience as a French studies major, offering advice to current students.
Akin Walker ’10 speaks about his academic and professional experience as a Hispanic and Japanese studies major, offering advice to current students.
Ricky Callahan ’09 speaks about his academic and professional experience as a German studies major and offers advice to current students.