We are a diverse group of faculty that come from China, Ecuador, France, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Senegal, Spain, The United States and Venezuela, and we would like to invite you to come and explore the world with us!

The Modern Languages and Cultures Department is committed to educating the whole person. Our mission is to create future professionals concerned with social justice and equip them with adequate skills for its practice domestically and abroad.

Our programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish provide students with:

  • Language proficiency and essential skills to establish meaningful personal and intellectual connections with a global community.
  • Knowledge, tools, and experiences to broaden their view of the world. 
  • Ability to be inclusive, treat others with dignity and make a difference by learning to communicate with and appreciate other cultures, and
  • Intercultural cooperation proficiencies.

Our curricula are the gateway to cultivating citizens of the world. We seek to educate multicultural, responsible leaders, who are engaged with empowering traditionally-marginalized communities and pursuing the common good of diverse peoples.

Learning about other cultures and civilizations through their language leads to a better understanding of one's self and the world in which we live. This process has a profound impact on its learners as:

  • It challenges students to articulate their thoughts and convey meaning in another language.
  • They start to reflect on their position in society, and that of others, which allows them to respectfully engage their community locally and globally.
  • They develop the ability to put themselves in the shoes of people that come from different backgrounds, thus becoming empathic and compassionate. Students are able to understand the experiences of people from other countries that live in the United States who may have difficulties navigating the English language.
  • It allows students to travel the world and embrace it with confidence and joy!

Featured Student Spotlight

Photo of McCalee Cain

McCalee Cain graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in French and English. While at SU, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in French I courses and as a French tutor and conversation group facilitator for Learning Assistance Programs. Over the summer, she worked at the French American School of Puget Sound and provided private English tutoring to French children. For her English Departmental Honors thesis, she researched postcolonial translation theory and translated short stories from French into English. Next year, she will move to Senegal to complete a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. McCalee remarks, "In both my English and French degrees, I learned how to think critically and globally, to engage with my learning and with the world around me, and to express my unique voice.”

McCalee Cain French and English Major, 2022

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206.296.5830
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Sonia Barrios Tinoco
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206.296.2458
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