Modern Languages

Modern Languages Department

¡Bienvenidos! Bienvenue! Willkommen! 

Welcome to the Modern Languages Department of Washburn University!  We are committed to communication, diversity, and global awareness.  If you like travel and enjoy new experiences, we can show you the world.

Why Study Languages?

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 and 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.

Modern Languages graduate Isaac Fisher

Isaac Fisher graduated from Washburn University in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and a quadruple minor in French, Latin-American Studies, International Studies, and Caribbean Studies. He studied abroad in both Mexico and France and completed his MA in Second Language Acquisition in Spanish at Kansas State University. It was during his time at Washburn University that he found his passion for Spanish and Mexican culture. When asked about his time at Washburn, he stated that, “Without the dedication and support from the staff to pursue my passion, I would be in a completely different area of study.”