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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

  • 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.
  • Lily Britt ’16 has always loved to travel, drawn to the excitement of new experiences and meeting new people. After a year on a Rotary Youth Exchange in France, the die was cast. Lily would follow a career path that always leads back to France.
  • Traveling to ancient places in the Navajo Nation as part of Washington College’s Southwest Seminar, Rachel Brown ’16 is studying how losing and reclaiming a language influences a culture and its people. 

  • Enrique Garcia, an expert on Cuban cinema, talks April 10 about the Oscar nominated 1993 film Strawberry and Chocolate.
  • Working for UNESCO in Paris this summer on a Starr Center fellowship, Alex Foxwell ’16 discovered the terrible answer to a Second World War family mystery.
  • 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.

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 5-6 pm, first floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • 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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