What’s New in the Department
We have been broadening our efforts and have increased participation in recruitment and retention activities for high school and transfer students, as well as current WSU students. Additionally, we are happy to announce that we offer four study abroad programs and have been working to increase participation in study abroad programs offered by our faculty through study abroad scholarship opportunities.
We actively pursue outreach to the community through annual events such as the Palouse French Film Festival, the Bollywood Film Festival, and the WSU Foreign Language Day, which specifically targets the recruitment of regional high school students who are currently studying a foreign language.
In addition, our course offerings have expanded to include a French Minor in conjunction with the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Culture of France Through its Wines course, Spanish for the Health Professions, Spanish for Veterinarians, Spanish for Law Enforcement, and Spanish taught through WSU Extension. We believe in continual redesign of our curriculum to better meet the ever changing needs of our students.
Donations to Foreign Languages and Cultures are an essential part of our resources in a time of shrinking state support for public higher education. Your generosity, however large or small, is deeply appreciated and helps us to attract and support the brightest students to our program while providing the most impactful learning experiences. Specifically, we have listed all of our available funds below:
The department awards funds from the following established scholarships:
Frank and Winifred Cobb Foreign Language Scholarship
For full-time undergraduate students of junior or senior standing majoring in the field of foreign languages. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.
Oscar and Muriel Holloway Ferrians Scholarship
For students who are studying foreign languages who are deserving and have financial need.
Robert B. and Adele B. Knox Scholarship
For undergraduate and graduate students in foreign languages with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Arne Lindberg Scholarship
For undergraduate and graduate students in foreign languages.
Elizabeth G. Lord Scholarship
For foreign language students with financial need who are scholastically competent in German in attaining excellence in the language, particular in study abroad programs.
Albert W. Thompson Education Abroad Scholarship
For undergraduate Study Abroad students (*Foreign Languages major/minor not required). The scholarship awarded by nomination of advisor or department chair. Apply through IP Study Abroad Office, approved by the department of foreign languages and cultures, and paid through the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kenneth H. Vanderford Scholarship
For full-time regularly enrolled students majoring in foreign languages with excellent character and with potential for growth in their profession.
General Development Funds
The department awards scholarships, provides programmatic and scholarly support from the following established funds:
Foreign Languages & Cultures Development Fund
This fund provides much needed support to department and student programs and activities, growth opportunities, outreach events and programs, faculty and student travel, and participation in professional conferences.
Foreign Languages & Cultures Special Fund
This fund supports our undergraduate and graduate students through awards and scholarships.
Become a Donor
If you would like to find out how to become a donor or establish an endowment, please contact Don Shearer, Senior Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom Fitzgerald, Assistant Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support of our academic endeavors!
Dr. Jolyon T. Hughes, Chair
Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures