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Summer is around the corner!

Gnome in pink hyacinths in front of library towerAs the 2014-15 school year comes to a close, the Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures has kept busy preparing for the semesters to come. As DFLC continues its efforts to diversify education at WSU, we are excited to announce the expansion of courses in our language sections and growth among student interests across all campuses. We celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty and students and look forward to continuing our progress and development in the department. Go Cougs!

Letter from our Chair

Nearing the end of his first year as department chair, Dr. Jolyon Hughes reflects on his time with DFLC as well as the department’s accomplishments. Read more

What’s new with DFLC?

Read up on the latest news in the department. Gain more information about student advising with Laurie Heustis. Here we recognize our faculty for professional achievements and cover special events. Say goodbye to our social media interns as they wrap up their year with DFLC and search for their successors. Read more

Language Learning Resource Center

Spring 2015 has been a busy semester in the LLRC and we love the busyness. The students and faculty make working in the lab a great experience. As we roll along with the semester, we would like to share with you a few updates, including tutoring services, video streaming and the launch of the new department website. Read more


Professor Xinmin Liu is celebrating a milestone year for his professional development. He published a book, edited articles, and prepared panels for a variety of conventions covering special Chinese topics. Read more


Our French section has been very active this semester. We recognize the professional accomplishments of our instructors and professors and are excited to announce the extension of French courses to summer sessions and our Global Campus. Learn more about how French faculty helped the WSU community critically examine the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Read more


German professors have engaged in multiple conventions and conferences this semester, as they presented a variety of topics related to foreign languages. Faculty anticipate a summer full of travel, including places like Essen and Berlin. Read more


The Japanese program is pleased to announce that beginning Fall 2015 it will be offering a major in Japanese Language and Culture, and a major called Japanese for the Professions. Last December Japanese students traveled to Seattle to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam and performed exceptionally well, producing outstanding results. One student shares her experience taking the JLPT. Read more


The growing number of students enrolling in Russian classes shows a huge interest in the future job opportunities that require knowledge in the language. By taking Russian courses, students can explore the region’s culture, history, customs, food, music, literature, and politics. Read more


New Spanish courses will be offered in the upcoming semester. Our Spanish singing group, “Los Pacos,” has seen major transformations during the Spring 2015 semester. Professor Francisco Manzo-Robledo discovers historical novels by Nobel Prize-winning, writer Mario Vargas Llosa. We recognize professor Michael Hubert as he is awarded tenure. Read more

Meet our clubs

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures offers student-run clubs open to people across campus. Attendees can practice the language, learn about the culture, try traditional foods, and more! Read more

Other campuses

WSU Tri-Cities has seen Spanish enrollment take off. Recent program expansion also allows students to earn a Spanish minor. WSU Vancouver has seen major growth in the Spanish program, as well. WSU Vancouver is excited to announce new offerings, such as a minor in Film Studies, and will be participating in summer sessions. Read more

Scholarships and endowments

Congratulations to the DFLC scholarship recipients! These students have worked hard to fulfill their language requirements and will be recognized for their efforts at the 2015 Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures Award Ceremony. Read more