Seattle Pacific University

Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics


The Language Program at SPU

The department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics encompasses the academic discipline of foreign language acquisition and its application to the serious study of culture and literature. Currently at SPU there is a focus on four spoken languages: Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish, two ancient languages, Latin and Classical Greek, and Linguistics. There are five departmental degree programs:  Classics, French and Francophone Studies, Spanish Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies and Russian Studies.

All programs emphasize the unique relationship between culture and language. Acquisition of analytical skills, familiarity with important works of literature from several languages and the culture they express, deeper understanding of communication patterns, and improved writing skills are all addressed in departmental courses.

New: Learn to Speak Chinese at SPU

We are pleased to announce the opening of courses in Mandarin Chinese. Two sections of Chinese 1101 will be offered Autumn Quarter 2014 at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, by our dynamic new instructor, Wei Zuo. She is an experienced teacher of Chinese and English who hails from the Hunan province in China. The 1101 courses will be followed by Chinese 1102 in Winter Quarter and Chinese 1103 in Spring Quarter, with second-year courses planned for future quarters. Registration is open to all undergraduate students. Questions? Please contact one of the department chairs: Dr. Bartholomew, Dr. Beauclair, or Dr. Nemtchinova.


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