ACADEMICS

  • World Languages Department

    As a student in the World Languages Department at Worcester State University, you will develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing foreign languages. You also will gain a deeper understanding of the culture, history, and literature of the people who use them. Bilingual professionals are increasingly in demand in today’s job market—Spanish speakers are the fastest-growing minority in the country—and knowledge of foreign languages will give you a competitive edge. We strongly encourage language majors and minors to complete a second area of specialization, such as business administration and economics, communication, criminal justice, education, history,  global studies , nursing, occupational therapy, public health, or sociology.

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    Through your studies, you’ll learn about languages and cultures in composition and literature courses as well as courses tailored to specific professions like business, health, and criminal justice. You will apply that knowledge in real-world situations on campus, in the city of Worcester, and around the world through hands-on learning opportunities in community outreach programs and internships. You’ll have the opportunity to increase your global awareness and cultural understanding further by immersing yourself in a foreign language and society during study abroad.

    We offer a major in Spanish and minors in Spanish and French. We also teach beginner- and intermediate-level courses in Arabic, German, Italian, and Chinese, and we host a chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society in foreign languages for outstanding language students. If you are looking to specialize in a particular area of interest, we have concentrations in Spanish education and Spanish for the professions. If you are interested in teaching, we offer a Spanish major with secondary education minor. If you are considering a master’s degree in Spanish, we offer a convenient, high-quality graduate program the only program of its kind in central Massachusetts.