Meet the Chair

We live in exciting times! As the world becomes more interconnected it becomes increasingly important to understand others — their languages, cultures, and worldviews. The Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics (LCL) Department offers programs and classes that are your passport to global citizenship.

As chair of the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department, I would love to partner with you as you pursue your degree at SPU. 

For our majors, we offer an excellent education in Classics and Linguistics, along with modern languages of French, and Spanish. We also offer Mandarin Chinese, which can contribute to an Asian Studies major.

For students who are majoring in another discipline at SPU, we provide language and cultural skills that will allow you to see the world with a new perspective and help you thrive in your career of choice. Language study can serve you well whether you are a business, pre-med, art, theology, psychology, or history major — and many more! We serve a large number of students who pursue LCL classes toward a minor in foreign language, classics, or linguistics, and an even larger number who pursue language study for its own sake.

Whether you are an LCL major, or pursuing a major in another program, the LCL department has something to offer you!

Owen Ewald
Chair of the Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics Department

Katya Nemtchinova
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Почему я преподаю в СПУ

Katya Nemtchinova,

professor of Linguistics, tells you — in Russian, with English subtitles — why she teaches at SPU.