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Department of

Modern Languages

Programs of study in modern languages

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. 

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. 

The Department of Modern Languages will help you prepare for your role in the world after college, whatever, and wherever, that might be.

French Studies

Hispanic Studies

 


 

In the News

  • Professor Ken Schweitzer has been initiated as a sacred drummer in the colorful Santeria religion. He’ll share his experiences and his bata drums in a lecture and performance Oct. 1.
  • Chris Miller ’14, a biology major fluent in Spanish, helps local Hispanic families navigate the community health care system.
  • After a summer internship in Ecuador, during which she did lab research in computational chemistry while immersing fully in Spanish, Misbath Daouda ’15 will present her findings at an international conference in the Galapagos Islands.

  • After an internship that gave him hands-on, Spanish-speaking business experience in Santiago, Chile, Ryan Bankert ’13 landed a full-time job with a global firm that has branches in his favorite place—Latin America.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month opens Sept. 17 with Panamanian-born Jorge Cham’s “The PhD Movie” and his lecture on procrastination, then moves to Peruvian crafts on the 20th and closes Sept. 28 with a “Night of Tango.”
  • Charllotte Costa ’14, a double major in Hispanic studies and anthropology, volunteers three days a week at Garnett Elementary School helping youngsters learn English through the WC-Latino Community Volunteer Program. In this video, she talks about what the experience means to her and one of her students in particular.

German Studies

International Literature & Culture

 


 

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)- Thurs. from 2:30-3:30, Java George’s, Hodson Hall
  • Tertulia (Spanish)- Mondays from 4-5pm, first floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • Zona Parla (Advanced Spanish)- Thursdays from 7-8pm, first floor lounge, Sassafrass Hall
  • Japanese Coffee Hour-Fridays from 5-6 in the third floor lounge, Chester Hall

In Pictures