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A Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University is as old as WSU itself. Located in the historic Thompson Hall, foreign language courses have been offered at WSU continuously since 1890. We play an integral role in WSU’s goal of creating global citizens by offering students a world class education in the languages and cultures of other countries. Explore our nine different language areas to find out more about studying Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU!

Language courses offered stress learning a language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to encourage maximum functionality in the language. Students should note that by placing at a higher level language course and earn a “B” or better, they may be eligible to receive up to 8 additional departmental advanced placement credits.

Courses on film, literature and culture taught at the 100-level in English carry a UCORE designation [ARTS, HUM, DIVR] and are open to all interested students, not just majors and minors. Some of these courses focus on a single language (e.g., French, German, Chinese); others offer a comparative study of foreign film, literature, or culture (these are listed under FOR_LANG 110, 120, 130).

Film, literature, and culture courses at the 300-level are generally taught in the target language, and may focus on the material from a variety of perspectives including historical, thematic, by genre, or by author/artist.

“‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.'”

–  Nelson Mandela

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LLRC Tutor Hours for SPRING 2018


  • Arabic
    • Monday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    • Tuesday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Chinese
    • Wednesday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
    • Thursday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • French
    • Monday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
    • Wednesday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
  • German
    • Monday: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
    • Tuesday: 11:30am – 3:00pm
  • Italian
    • To be determined…
  • Japanese
    • Tuesday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    • Thursday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Korean
    • Wednesday: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
    • Friday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Russian
    • Tuesday: 4:15pm – 6:15pm
    • Thursday: 4:15pm – 6:15pm
  • Spanish
    • Monday: 12:00am – 2:00pm
    • Tuesday: 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Wednesday: 12:00am – 2:00pm