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Department of Modern Languages


About the Department

Our programs will equip you to work in all sorts of fields in all sorts of places. While most people think “where would I use a degree in a language?” that is probably the wrong question. A better question is “which employers are looking for people who communicate effectively, understand the complexity of cultures and the world, and are ready for adventure?” It turns out that those skills are exactly what employers want!

Our graduates are in demand because they have learned to communicate clearly in speech and writing while also understanding the importance of culture and cultural differences. Many of our students go on to teach, primarily at the high school level, some in college. Others have taken jobs in Spain, Costa Rica, France, and Perú; have worked for organizations ranging from airlines to the Peace Corps; and have taught English in places such as France, Spain, and South Korea. Whatever your career path, you will be incredibly well-prepared to work in a global economy.

Additionally, all Westminster students take a language course at the 201 level to fulfill the foreign language intellectual perspective (FL IP) component of the Westminster Plan. To meet this requirement, you can learn a new language or continue a language you studied in high school. (See our placement guideline to determine which course may be an appropriate point of entry.)




Experiences & Opportunities

At Westminster, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. In each of our 50+ majors and pre-professional programs, your education will be enhanced by the purposeful combination of expert classroom instruction and hands-on learning opportunities. Internships, undergraduate research and studying abroad are just a few of the real experiences our students get that lead to real success after graduation.

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Faculty & Academic Staff

Teachers, researchers, experts, mentors...our faculty members are all these things and more to their students. They trained at universities around the globe, but they chose to teach and conduct research at Westminster because of the focus on student development and success. Their dedication to mentoring and teaching is evident in our students’ success when it comes to graduation rates, post-graduation employment and graduate and professional school acceptance.

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