Why Study Other Language and Cultures?
We live in a global community that daily grows more interconnected. Studying the language and culture of other people helps us understand and appreciate that culture's world view, as well as giving us new insights into our own culture.
The World Languages and Cultures Department offers courses in three written foreign languages: French, German and Spanish, and several foreign sign languages. The Department also offers courses in foreign literature as well as courses that examine how other cultures and languages have contributed to and changed our language and society. A series of co-curricular activities (lectures, museum visits, student exchanges, and clubs) is also promoted by the Department.
The Department offers a major in Spanish and International Studies. A minor in Spanish is also offered. Through the Self-Directed Major Program, students have the option of working closely with the Department to design a unique major course of study with a foreign languages or cultures emphasis that may incorporate multiple languages.
If you're interested in foreign languages and other areas, such as business or science, an International Studies major or a double major in a foreign language combined with another discipline is not only possible, but is encouraged regardless of whether you want to pursue higher education or employment.
Varied opportunities for study or internships abroad are also offered.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers college-level programs as follows:
For students lacking college-level skills in written English or for students from abroad needing to acquire a working knowledge of English for educational purposes, the English Language Institute (ELI) provides a proven program in second language acquisition.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures provides the Gallaudet student body with unique opportunities to acquire literacy in foreign languages and English, to gain knowledge of world cultures, and to familiarize themselves with international deaf communities and their sign languages.