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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

  • For Charlotte Costa ’14, a Fulbright award to teach English in Mexico brings all she has studied at WC into perfect alignment with her future.
  • After graduating with a double major in chemistry and Hispanic studies, Misbath Daouda ’15 is off to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to be part of a program that’s a huge step closer to her graduate school goal.
  • Thanks to connections she made while studying abroad in Hong Kong, Lily Britt is spending the summer interning at one of the world’s leading supply chain management firms. 

  • Peruvian writer Claudia Salazar Jiménez will read in Spanish from her debut novel and talk about gender, political violence and lesbian writing in South America.
  • 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.

  • 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) - Mondays from 4-5 pm, Goose Nest
  • Pause café (French)- Thurs. from 3:30-4:15, Java George’s, Hodson Hall
  • Tertulia (Spanish)- Wednesdays from 4-5pm, first floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • Zona Parla (Advanced Spanish)- Mondays from 8-9pm, first floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • Japanese Coffee Hour-Fridays from 5-6 in the third floor lounge, Chester Hall

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