WSU Vancouver Foreign Languages and Cultures

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Offered as: Minor (Spanish Language)

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Welcome to the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (DFLC)! If you’d like to polish your communication skills, stretch your brain, understand other cultures, or even speak English better, you’ve come to the right place.


If you have taken Spanish 101 and 102 or the equivalent, and you plan to work in a health-related field (or just want to improve your Spanish) - take Span 261 in Maymester 2015! In an intensive 3-week experience (meeting 6 – 8:20 p.m. Mon – Thu, with additional coursework online), María Lee-López, a native speaker of Spanish from Cuba, will help you learn and easily recall medical Spanish terminology, carry out important information exchanges with patients, improve your grammar, and show you how culture can impact medical care.

You need to have taken Spanish 101 and 102 (or the equivalent) to be prepared for Spanish 261. Not sure if you've got what it takes? Check out our flyer here (PDF).

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Why Study Languages?

Our global society expects you to appreciate a wide range of cultures. And proficiency in languages other than English can expand your opportunities. Today, many leaders in business, politics and education realize that one of the many advantages of speaking a foreign language is to better understand your own.


You can take classes in Spanish or Latin language to fulfill your two-semester graduation requirement, as well as culture/film/literature classes - taught in English!  Many of our English-language courses meet your [CAPS], [HUM], [DIVR], and [ARTS] requirements for UCORE. Look for Chin, For_Lang, Fren, and Span prefixes to see all that we have to offer.

Did you know you can minor in Spanish to enhance your major area of study?

We also coordinate a multi-disciplinary film studies minor with many exciting courses to choose from!

Many of our students are interested in learning about other cultures firsthand by studying or volunteering abroad. We encourage you to explore these opportunities—and we can help you with your options.

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Next Steps

To learn more about how our programs can help you reach your educational goals, contact us by email.

Upcoming Offerings

Check out our summer and fall classes (PDF).

Faculty and Staff

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Contact the Department

Program Leader for DFLC, Instructor of Spanish Language and Culture
(360) 546-9416

Secretary Senior
(360) 546-9720

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