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 opens up our worldview and gives us new insights into our own culture. Knowledge of world languages and cultures is key for employment opportunities and graduate school acceptance.

The World Languages and Cultures Department encompasses three different programs: the Foreign Language Program, the English Language Institute for international students (ELI), and an interdisciplinary International Studies Program.

The Department offers a major in Spanish and a major in International Studies. A minor in Spanish is also offered. Additionally, the department currently offers courses in written French and in Spanish Sign Language (LSE), and is looking to expand into other foreign sign languages. The World Languages and Cultures department at Gallaudet has historically been a world leader in opening up international internship opportunities and language study abroad venues for Deaf students.

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.

If you're interested in foreign languages and in another major, such as Business, Education, Deaf Studies, or International Studies, talk to us about how to pursue a double major or a major/minor combination in World Languages and another discipline.

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 English as a Second Language for Deaf students.

Our Mission

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.

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Dr. Pilar Piñar
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Hall Memorial Building (HMB)  S233-A
Video Phone: 202-250-2984
Voice: 202-651-5569
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Dr. Cristi Berdichevsky (In Memoriam: 1951-2014)
Professor, French and Spanish
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Dr. Roberto Herrera
Associate Professor of Spanish and Spanish Major Advisor
Hall Memorial Building (HMB)  S233-D
Voice: 202-448-7160
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Dr. Amanda Holzrichter
Associate Professor, Spanish
Hall Memorial Building (HMB)  S236-H
Voice: 202-448-7416
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Mark S. Weinberg, M.Phil.
Associate Professor, French (Retired)
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Grégoire Youbara
Instructor, French and ESL
Hall Memorial Building (HMB)  S233-H
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Dr. Roberto Sánchez (Affiliated Faculty from HPRS Dept.)
Director, International Studies Program and Associate Professor of History
Hall Memorial Building (HMB)  S235-A
Voice: 202-651-5925
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