Offered as: Minor (Spanish Language)
Bienvenidos / Bienvenue / 欢迎 (huan ying) / Salutatio
Welcome to the WSU Vancouver Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (DFLC)! We have a long and rich association at Washington State University - with courses offered in Pullman since 1890 and the establishment of a Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU Vancouver in 2008.
Our department continues to work closely with our colleagues on the Pullman campus, especially in matters related to study and volunteer opportunities abroad, while always keeping in mind the unique needs and strengths of our Vancouver campus and community. We are passionate educators, excited to share our knowledge and experience with our students! Our goal is to help prepare you to enter our global society with not only linguistic proficiency, but also cultural sensitivity and appreciation.
Back row (left to right): J. Grenier-Winther, Eloy Gonzalez (former Dept. Chair, Pullman), Cassandra Gulam,
Nicolas Hinsinger, Douglas Winther. Front row (left to right): Marie-Pierre Wolfe, Maria Lee-Lopez, Willow Zheng
We offer language courses in Spanish, Latin (online), Chinese, and French (Chinese and French hiatus for AY 2013-14). All courses are offered at the 101-102 level, with a minor in Spanish language also available.
We ALSO offer GER and UCORE courses which are (1) TAUGHT IN ENGLISH and (2) focus on foreign cultures, films and literatures of one language area or in a comparative study. These courses use the Span, Chin, Fren, and For_Lang prefixes, but are taught in English and are open to all majors.
In terms of outreach, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers a variety of course types, both daytime and evening, as well as 100% face-to-face, hybrid, and even fully online. Our instructors continually improve their pedagogical practice to ensure that all courses, in all formats, are delivered with the same efficacy and sensitivity to student needs. We continually make students aware of opportunities to participate in linguistically- and culturally-diverse initiatives in both our campus and local communities.
We also encourage our students to participate in short- and long-term study abroad programs to improve their language skills and experience other cultures firsthand. Internships in their major areas in which they might use the target language are especially encouraged.
We look to the future with the goal of globalizing our students though proficiency in one or more foreign languages and knowledge of cultures other than the one in which they live. We invite you to explore this site to get to know us a little better and to enroll in one of the many language, film and cultures courses we offer each semester.
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Study another language and culture. That is the way to translate an international outlook into a concrete reality!