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Go Global with a Language Degree!

The study of languages gives students a sound foundation in the liberal arts.  Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living. Programs in the Department of World Languages concentrate on the acquisition of language and knowledge of the cultures that the language expresses.

The department offers baccalaureate degrees and minors in French, German, and Spanish; minors in American Sign Language, Arabic Studies, Basque Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Latin, as well as language instruction in Bosnian, Korean and Portuguese.

Special encouragement is given to students who wish to pursue a minor emphasis in a world language to support a major taken outside the department.  With the changing population of the United States and the growing interdependence of the international community, career opportunities are expanding rapidly for graduates who know a second language.  Second language competency has become highly desirable in teaching, government, social services, diplomacy, law, medicine, mass communications, science, technology, international trade, and marketing.  The programs in world languages have the latitude and flexibility to fit nearly any career goal.

The Department of World Languages encourages students who wish to acquire proficiency at a “professional” or “near-native” level to spend time in a region whose language they are studying.  Programs available through the Office of International Learning Opportunities give students a chance to master a language and learn more about culture and customs, often while studying at foreign universities and living with local families.

Why Pursue a Language Degree?

  • “World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates.”

  • Organizations with international ambitions increasingly expect prospective employees to be fluent in key foreign languages.”

  • “Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.”

  • “Language learners show greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills.”

News & Announcements

  • Take a Summer Class!

    Summer is a great time to keep up with your language skills or start the study of a new one! We'll have a variety of language courses offered this summer! Offerings include courses in ASL, Chinese, FORLNG, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Check out your options for summer classes now and enroll starting on February 21st.

  • Congratulations to Karla Gonzalez
    Spanish Major Karla Gonzalez Named 2016 Boise State Top Ten Scholar

    Congratulations to Spanish major Karla Gonzalez on being named a 2016 Boise State Top Ten Scholar!

  • Professor Nere Lete Publishes Two English Translations of Basque Texts

    Basque Professor Nere Lete recently published two English language translations of the Basque titles "Fifteen Days in Urgain" and "Ultrasounds: Basque Women Writers on Motherhood."

  • Congratulations to Our 2014-2015 World Languages Scholarship Recipients!

    Front: Madalen Bieter Lete, Torri Orendorff, Benedetta Torsi Back: Rebecca Mason, Mallory Vandercar, Rebecca Alamilla

  • German Club Raises the Berlin Wall

    To commemorate the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German club at Boise State University has raised a mock Berlin wall on campus to educate students who have no living memory of the Berlin Wall or of the Cold War. The wall will be demolished with sledgehammers at the end of the week.

  • Dr. Adrian Kane Authors New Book: “Central American Avant-Garde Narrative”

    “Central American Avant-Garde Narrative is an exemplary work of literary criticism that re-envisions the canon of Central American literature and is destined to set a new standard for ethical, comprehensive research.” — Steven White, Lewis Professor of Modern Languages, St. Lawrence University

  • Upper-Division Spanish Students Reflection Videos & ePortfolios

    All students enrolled in an upper-division Spanish course are asked to create an end of semester reflection video, focusing on their personal growth, learning goals for the future, and connections between courses. Click the link for a showcase of some of the best video and ePortfolios we've received so far!

  • Raúl Zurita Visits Adrian Kane’s Spanish 404 Class

    On April 16th Chilean poet Raúl Zurita visited Professor Adrian Kane's Spanish 404 class for a poetry reading and discussion with students. Zurita has received the Chilean National Prize for Literature, a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and he has held poetry readings at numerous American universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and University of California-Berkeley.

  • iPads Now Available for Checkout!

    We are excited to announce that World Languages students now have access to 30 iPad Minis for use in completing classwork, projects, and research. These devices are loaded with a variety of apps and digital content to aid in the creation of language projects and reviewing information such as eTextbooks and news articles.

  • Basque Studies Program Featured on

    Professor Nere Lete's weekend workshop and special guest lecturers in Professor Kelly Arispe's courses were recently featured on!

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