Modern Foreign Languages

Picture of a storefront in Morlaix, France.

Modern Foreign Languages Department

Mission Statement:

In keeping with the mission of Washburn University and the College of Arts and Sciences to provide a liberal education as a force for continual learning, the Department of Modern Languages seeks to prepare students to be linguistically competent and literate in the culture(s) of the countries studied. It offers majors and minors in French, German and Spanish as well as a one year (or two) in Chinese, Latin and Japanese, in order to meet the goals of our various constituencies. Thus, the Department aims to serve students who:

  • major or minor in a foreign modern language
  • must fulfill the foreign language proficiency 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 email the department secretary:

MFL Annual Assessment Reports

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

Assessment Report 2010-11Assessment Report 2009-10Assessment Report 2008-09