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Many students opt to study Spanish because it is viewed as an important language to know in the U.S. The number of Hispanics in America is growing every day, and having a basic knowledge of Spanish language and culture can be a great asset in your future job search, particularly if you are planning on becoming a teacher, a social worker, or expect to prepare for another field where interaction with the Hispanic population is likely. If you are a student of Hispanic background, studying the language will help to give you pride in your heritage and connect with other family members. It will also facilitate traveling and studying abroad.

The department offers a major and a minor in Spanish (Please contact pilar.pinar@gallaudet.edu for more information).

More information about majoring in SpanishMore information about minoring in Spanish.

Spanish courses can also be taken as electives.

Spanish Transfer Credits may be counted towards the completion of a Spanish major or minor, upon the Department's review (Please contact pilar.pinar@gallaudet.edu).

Learning Outcomes for Spanish Majors

  • Read and write in Spanish at the intermediate high level as defined by the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
  • Use Spanish, English, and ASL to analyze key aspects of literary, cultural and historical traditions as well as contemporary trends, in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Apply both traditional and technology-based research skills to analyze and interpret cultural products and practices of the Spanish-speaking world and cross-cultural traditions and trends.
  • Use language skills and cultural knowledge to explore Spanish culture first-hand through study abroad, internship and/or service-learning opportunities.
  • Use insights gained about Spanish signed and written languages and cultures to better understand one's own languages and cultures.


French is an excellent tool for careers in government, business, science, technology, fashion, art and culinary careers. In a recent listing of international jobs by the U.S. State Department, 53% required or preferred knowledge of French. French is an official working language of many important organizations, including the European Union, the Council of Europe, the International Labor Bureau, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the International Red Cross. French is an official language of Canada, our most important trading partner, and it’s also the official language of business and trade in over two dozen African countries. France has the world’s second largest aeronautics industry and its highest concentration of mathematicians.

Our Department offers elementary and intermediate-level courses in French. An on-line course for Gallaudet or distance-education students is offered in addition to the standard face-to-face approach. Elements of LSF (French Sign Language) are infused in the Basic French language course as a curricular enhancement.



International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws primarily on existing courses and offerings from various departments; it provides a global perspective, enabling students to explore interconnections among history, economics, politics, culture, society, and language.  Through the completion of a flexibly-structured degree program, this major prepares students for careers in law, government, Foreign Service, the Peace Corps, non-governmental organizations, and for pursuing graduate work in the humanities, social sciences, international business, teaching, and human services.

More information about majoring in International Studies

Dr. Roberto Sánchez is the director of the International Studies Program at Gallaudet University

The International Studies program is an interdisciplinary program housed under the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC).

The program draws on faculty from these participating departments:

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