Department of

Modern Languages

Programs of study in World Languages and Cultures

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 dumplings, and plan a real Oktoberfest meal. 

The Department of World Languages and Cultures 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

  • Kevin Mackenzie ’18, an environmental studies and Hispanic studies major, spent three weeks this summer immersed in the native ecosystems and culture of Ecuador for an Environmental Field Course. This is Kevin’s experience, in his words.
  • Traveling on the Cuba Experience class over winter break, Rachel Brown ’16 used a Cater Society grant to develop a unique project with the help of three local Havana women.

  • Conducting collaborative research in the great libraries of Britain and Ireland, Spanish professor Elena Deanda and English major Shannon Neal ’19 examined forbidden literature from the Spanish Inquisition and manuscripts from a 17th-century poet.

  • Students in FRS 412 created a bilingual website to explore the story of a would-be assassin.
  • Yale translator and author Alice Kaplan will help us get familiar with the story behind Albert Camus and The Stranger
  • Elena Deanda, associate professor of Spanish and Director of the Black Studies Program, will give a talk at the Lit House on Feb. 14 about “The Poetics of Eros.”