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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.
  • For Charlotte Costa ’14, a Fulbright award to teach English in Mexico brings all she has studied at WC into perfect alignment with her future.
  • Enrique Garcia, an expert on Cuban cinema, talks April 10 about the Oscar nominated 1993 film Strawberry and Chocolate.
  • 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.

  • The provocative comedy show “N*gger, Wetb*ck, Ch*nk” has been probing the wounds of racism with humor on college campuses across the country. It arrives at Washington College September 16 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event is free and open to the public.
  • 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.

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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