Languages and Linguistics

You can study language along with the history, literature, and culture of a particular region or country either in stand-alone language courses or embedded in full-time programs along with other areas of study. Languages regularly offered in these courses and programs include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Irish Gaelic
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Greek and Latin
  • and occasionally German and Arabic

We offer advanced opportunities for language study in Spanish and French and support students who learned language in family/community as well as classroom settings.

Many interdisciplinary programs also include options for study abroad. Past programs have travelled to:

  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Argentina
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Mainland China
  • Taiwan
  • Egypt
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Greece

In addition, evening language courses are regularly offered in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese (with occasional offerings in other languages) as well as linguistics, which includes topics such as language structure, linguistic meaning, and language in relation to culture and society.

Faculty

See faculty who teach in Literature, Language, and Communication.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Change: Language and Science
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 16
Biology and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Paris Muse: Evoking Place in Literature, History, Music and Myth
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Slavic and Celtic Folklore: Heroic, Spiritual, Practical
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16