Modern Foreign Languages

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Modern Foreign Languages Department

Mission Statement:

Consistent with the mission of the University, the Department of Modern Languages serves as the main source for studying world cultures in their own languages, thus preparing students to communicate in other languages and be knowledgeable about other cultures, so they can compare and connect their culture to others and become engaged citizens in the global community.

Faculty members and language instructors, trained in humanities and linguistics studies, strive to share their knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures.  The department collaborates with many other units, such as Music, History, Business, Education, and the Honors program to offer a vast array of opportunities to students wanting to bridge discipline boundaries. Through study abroad programs, and service opportunities at the local and international level, the department continues to support the mission of the university in developing skilled and informed global citizens. The department offers a minor in International Studies, majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish, and maintains course offerings in Japanese, Latin, and Chinese.

Thus, the Department aims to serve students who:

  • Major or minor in a foreign modern language
  • Must fulfill the foreign language requirement (BA degree)
  • Wish to combine foreign language with a professional program, e.g. business
  • Plan to teach
  • Plan to go on to graduate school

Why Study a Foreign Language Major?

Foreign Language studies enhance your personal and professional life.  Knowing a language well enough to communicate expands cultural contacts and broadens your appreciation of the world and its people.  It also gives you a better understanding of your own culture and your own language.

Knowing a foreign language will prepare you for our multi-cultural and internationalized world.  Knowing a foreign language opens doors in business, journalism, nursing, criminal justice, social work, teaching, foreign services with the government and the military in an increasingly global environment.  Your language skills will let you combine a career with the excitement of international travel.  Furthermore, proficiency in a foreign language is excellent preparation for entrance into professional programs such as law, diplomacy and international business.  Washburn Modern Language graduates have gone on to success in the fields of education, business, law, nursing and many other vocations.

Please contact us with any questions!

Call the department during regular business hours at (785) 670-1714 or through email:

MFL Annual Assessment Reports

Discover the learning assessment criteria used by the department by reading our annual assessment reports:

Assessment Report 2013-14Assessment Report 2012-13Assessment Report 2011-12Assessment Report 2010-11Assessment Report 2009-10Assessment Report 2008-09