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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

  • 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.
  • After Argentinian writer Rodrigo Fresán visited campus in 2010, he published a chronicle about his experience in a newspaper back home in Buenos Aires. The piece inspired Nicolas Campisi ’14 to enroll at Washington College, where he and Hispanic Studies professor Shawn Stein recently translated Fresán’s chronicle into English (see below links to the original Spanish version found in Página/12 and Nicolas’ recent piece in the Washington Magazine about his path to Washington College from the Pampas of Argentina).
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.

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)- Wednesdays from 4-5, Java George’s, Hodson Hall
  • Tertulia (Spanish)- Mondays from 4-5pm, first floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • Zona Parla (Advanced Spanish)- Fridays from 5-6pm, lounge, Minta Martin Hall
  • Japanese Coffee Hour-Fridays from 5-6 in the third floor lounge, Chester Hall
  • Bate-papo (Portuguese) Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm, Goose Nest, Hodson Hall

In Pictures