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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.
  • 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. 

  • In early November, Professor Rebeca Moreno Orama’s “Literature and Law of the Hispanic Caribbean” class took a trip to the Hispanic Division and the Law Library of the Library of Congress. Rachel Brown ’16, who is majoring in hispanic studies and anthropology, reflected on the trip.

  • Gabrielle James ’13 has never stopped exploring since graduating from Washington College, but she’s finally slowed down enough to take the next step in her goal of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon—starting medical school.

  • 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. 

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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