World Languages and Cultures
The mission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is to prepare students to become proficient in a language, literature, and culture other than English so that they may lead empowered, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens. Modern language students, especially majors and minors, makes use of their enhanced cultural awareness, intercultural sensitivity, and global perspective in order to meet the innumerable challenges of an ever increasing interrelated world and interdependent world.

Did you know?

Being fluent in another language not only looks great on a resume, putting you two steps ahead of your competition, but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with a foreign language after graduation. Employers will view you as a very important contributor to the success of their business, especially on an international scale.

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»Welcome to the Department of World Languages and Cultures

Department of Languages Faculty and StudentThe Department of World Languages and Cultures would like to welcome you to Chapman University. Whether you are considering a career in law, international business, government, film, public relations, advertising, health care, journalism, teaching... etc., we would like to suggest that a major/double major or minor in a modern language will positively enhance your career options when you graduate. Across the country thousands of students apply for admission to graduate school and there is perhaps no better way of catching the eye of graduate admission counselors than doing a major/double-major or minor in a modern language.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Chapman University offers a major and a minor in both French and Spanish, an individualized major in German, and a minor in German and in Japanese (soon also in Italian and Chinese). World Languages and Cultures majors and minors can also take advantage of a rich array of study abroad opportunities with semester and year-long programs at such prestigious universities of higher education as the University of Granada (Spain), The University of Paris IV: La Sorbonne (France), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and many others. Our study abroad programs provide students with exciting professional opportunities such as the internship program at the world renowned International Cannes Film Festival. Future employers look favorably upon prospective applicants with a language major or minor because they are the best prepared to enter an ever increasing global work force. The Peace Corps, recently directed by former Chapman University student Mr. Gaddi H. Vasquez, needs qualified applicants with linguistic proficiency in Spanish, French, and other languages to fill assignments throughout the world.

(Pictured: 2013 Cheverton Award Winner Priya Shah with Language Professor Dr. Pilar Valenzuela

+-Departments and Programs

The department of World Languages and Cultures offers the study of modern and classical languages such as Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. The program is designed to increase students’ linguistic and practical skills and broaden their awareness of the culture they are studying. Facilities include a multimedia language laboratory with 18 personal computers and 2 Macintosh multimedia work stations, video viewing, international satellite broadcasts, and visual resources.

We offer course work in the following subjects. Click to view the Languages Department's online course catalog:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

+-Clubs and Activities

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a variety of clubs and activities for students to expand their experience speaking foreign languages and exploring the cultures of other countries. Students who participate in activities outside the language classroom truly enhance their potential for becoming more proficient in the realm of global citizenship. The following are the active clubs available for students to join:

  • Chinese Club
  • German Club
  • Italian Club
  • Nihongo Club
  • Arabic Club
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Study Abroad

+-Why Study Foreign Languages?

Competitiveness in the Job Market – Being fluent in another language not only looks great on a résumé, putting you two steps ahead of your competition, but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with a foreign language. Employers will view you as a very important contributor to the success of their business, especially on an international scale. Bilingual employees are favored in a variety of professions ranging from health care and social work to education and law.

Jobs in Other Countries – Many students have a desire to travel and work when they graduate from college. Some travel and find jobs teaching English temporarily. There are many opportunities for careers abroad working for the Peace Corp, the United Nations and other international organizations.

Educational Requirement – In the modern world of education, all major universities, including Chapman University, require students to complete at least a year’s worth of study in a foreign language to enhance their educational experience. Administrators have long recognized the value of expanded views that include knowledge of foreign cultures as well as languages.

Graduate School – Some graduate schools require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as comparative literature and music studies.

Personal Enjoyment –The very first time you are able to carry on a real conversation in a new language, you get a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Learning about the unique traditions and interesting parts of a new culture is exciting and fun. Also, studying a new language will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view. So, try it!

    Contact Us

    Department of World Languages and Cultures
    127 DeMille Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866

    Department Chair
    Dr. John Boitano
    Office: DH 121
    (714) 997-6797
    jboitano@chapman.edu

    Administrative Assistant
    Janae Hightower
    Phone: (714) 997-6843
    Fax: (714) 997-6823
    hightowe@chapman.edu

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