Modern Languages

The Field of Modern Languages

Students who major or minor in foreign languages can choose careers in a variety of fields, including international business, the Foreign Service, translation and interpretation, teaching, or social work.  Many of our majors continue their studies at the graduate level in areas such as cultural studies, linguistics, and literature.  Others use their language expertise to pursue advanced degrees in law, medicine, and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The Department

Faculty members in the Modern Languages Department are commit­ted to promoting international understanding through excellence in foreign language instruction. They all have native or near-native fluency in the languages they teach. In addition, they employ the most up-to-date methods to teach communication skills effectively.

Fort Lewis College currently offers coursework in French and Spanish.  We sponsor two foreign language honor societies:  Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish) and Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language).  Qualified juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for membership.

Majors in Modern Language

Students may also complete a minor in French or Spanish or Professional Certificate in Spanish.

El Centro de Muchos Colores

El Centro organizes events related to Latino and Spanish-speaking cultures.  The center provides tutoring and information on scholarships and jobs.  It is also equipped with a bilingual library and computers.

Click here to read more about El Centro.


Student Language Clubs

Foreign language clubs provide a variety of opportunities for students of Spanish or French to exercise and increase their knowledge of the language and culture: conversation hours, lunch gatherings, film showings, lectures, group outings, and parties.

Click here for a list of Fort Lewis College student clubs & organizations.


Language Honor Societies

We sponsor two foreign language honor societies:
Qualified juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for membership.

Awards

FLC Modern Language Outstanding:
  • Freshman/Sophmore
  • Junion/Senior

Language Lab

The Modern Languages Department offers all foreign language students access to the Language Lab in 150 Noble Hall.  This space is equipped with computers loaded with interactive language-learning software in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.  The Language Lab is staffed by students who are native speakers or advanced in their language studies; language lab coordinators offer tutoring assistance to students who desire extra help outside the classroom.

The Language Lab is always looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Prof. Ellen Hartsfield.
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