Modern & Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, in fulfillment of the University’s stated goals, provides to Western Washington University students the skills that are necessary to learn first-hand about world societies. To that end, the department believes that the best way to understand a culture is directly through its language(s).

Therefore, the department offers students the opportunity to acquire three types of proficiencies: the language skills that make for successful communication, the cultural competencies that build global respect and responsibility, as well as the creative and interpretive aptitudes that underscore an understanding of the history and aesthetic expressions of a given culture. Ultimately, students graduate from the department with valuable skills for succeeding in the workplace and for supporting global citizenship.


Join us to celebrate the opening of the Ray Wolpow Institute with the inaugural lecture by Professor Michael Berenbaum on October 19th at 7:30.  See below for details.


Holocaust and genocide to be focus of new institute at Western Washington University

The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity is named after a retired Western professor emeritus in the Woodring College of Education.  Sandra Alfers, a professor of German, is the new institute’s founding director.

“Ray has been a tireless advocate for Holocaust, genocide, and ethnocide education on campus and in the community, and I look forward to continuing his important work,” Alfers said in a statement.


Also, check out what the German Embassy has to say about this wonderful new opportunity for learning and engagement.