Department Overview

Foreign Languages

Why choose Foreign Languages at WSU?

  • Curriculum based on national standard for measuring language proficiency.
  • Only European studies minor offered by a state university in Utah.
  • Opportunities to begin with "sheltered courses" if you have no previous knowledge of the language you want to learn.
  • Several academic and study-abroad scholarships awarded annually.
  • Opportunities in community engagement and research. 
  • Faculty with extensive international experience and training.
  • Study abroad programs in France, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain.
  • Internships in Germany and Spain for three to six months.
  • Testing center for international German business-language examinations.
  • Experienced classmates who have lived in countries where people speak the language you're studying.


What courses are offered through online/distance learning?

The Department of Foreign Languages offers various classes online. For more information, contact the department at 801-626-6183 or  click here.


What are the employment opportunities?

A degree in foreign languages prepares you for a career in international business, government, medicine, social work, military service, law enforcement, legal firms, teaching, interpreting, travel and the arts.

A number of recent foreign language graduates have earned advanced degrees in languages, law, medicine and denistry at such institutions as University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Colorado and University of Utah. Surrounding school districts hire almost all WSU's graduates who are language teaching majors and minors.

 For more information, go to Career Services.


What degrees/certificates are available?

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Foreign Language Major (French, German or Spanish)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Foreign Language Major: Commercial Emphasis (French, German or Spanish)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Foreign Language Teaching Major (French, German or Spanish)

Minor: Foreign Language (French, German, Japanese or Spanish)

Commercial Emphasis Minor (French, German, Spanish)

Teaching Minor: (French, German or Spanish)

Minor: Asian Studies 

Minor: European Studies

Minor: Latin American Studies

Minor: Japanese

Departmental Honors

What will I learn in the program?

When you complete a rigorous study of foreign languages, cultures and literatures, you'll learn forms of speech and demeanor appropriate for other cultures and will have the skills you need to work in a variety of settings where English is not spoken.

In addition to our major and minor programs, we also offer beginning and intermediate classes in ASL, Chinese, and Italian, and we offer some intermediate and advanced classes in Portuguese.

How can I find out more about the programs?

Is there an application deadline?

Although there is no application deadline, we encourage you to apply early and register for classes. Contact the foreign languages department for specific information or to schedule an advisement time