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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

  • 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.
  • Akin Walker ’10 speaks about his academic and professional experience as a Hispanic and Japanese studies major, offering advice to current students.
  • Chris Miller ’14, a biology major fluent in Spanish, helps local Hispanic families navigate the community health care system.
  • Eduardo Corral, whose collection Slow Lightning earned acclaim, will read at the Rose O’Neil Literary House Tuesday, Nov. 5.
  • 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.
  • Alana Wase ’06 speaks about her academic and professional experience as a French studies major, offering advice to current students.

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