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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?
News & Announcements
- 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!
- Advance Your Language Skills with Summer Classes!
We are pleased to offer a wide variety of lower and upper division language classes during the 2016 Summer Session.
- 2016 Basque Studies Workshops
Cinema, language, walking tours and more! Check out our 2016 Basque Studies Workshops!
- 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.
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News & Events
Jul 18 2016
Jason Herbeck Professor of French and Section Head Department of World Languages College of Arts
Jul 11 2016
Scentsy is hiring! The company currently has openings for French, German and Spanish Bilingual Consultant Support
Jun 27 2016
June 24: Reader’s Corner – Conversations about Haiti President Bob Kustra continued his conversation with
Jun 07 2016
By Becca Burke Alex Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a teaching emphasis
Jun 02 2016
Kelly Arispe Presents “Advanced Proficiency Targeted by CALL” at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Conference (CALICO)
Kelly Arispe Assistant Professor of Spanish Department of World Languages College of Arts and Sciences