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New School of Languages, Cultures and Race Formed

A strategic plan to realign two departments and several degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences was approved by the WSU Board of Regents May 4. The realignment will combine personnel and resources in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures with those in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, and the interdisciplinary General Studies Humanities and Social Sciences programs to form the new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race.

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The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University is as old as WSU itself. Located in historic Thompson Hall, foreign language courses have been offered at WSU continuously since 1890. Our programs 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. Language courses offered encourage 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.


“‘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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