College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 102
Mail Stop 7552
See website for how these programs can be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Michael Johnson, PhD
Rodney Bransdorfer, PhD, Spanish
Nathalie Kasselis, PhD, Spanish, French
Natalie Lefkowitz, PhD, Spanish, French
Stella Moreno, PhD, Spanish
Joshua S. Nelson, PhD, Japanese
Michael Johnson, PhD, French
Eric Mayer, PhD, Spanish
Volha Isakava, PhD, Russian
Roselia Arellano-Sandoval, MA, Spanish
Dinara Georgeoliani, PhD, Russian
Mariko Knight, BA, Japanese
Yuanxia Liu, MA Chinese
Jer Loudenback, MA, American sign language
Laurie Moshier, DA, French, German
Mariko Okada-Collins, MA, Japanese
Ralph Bane, secretary senior
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers BA degrees in French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish and minors in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Spanish has two streams: Heritage and Second Language Learner.
For non-majors or minors, the first-and second-year sequences are designed to provide basic proficiency in a world language. The department recommends that all majors include some organized study abroad where their major language is spoken, but there is no requirement for study abroad in any of the programs.
The World Languages and Cultures Department’s Core Values are:
Lifelong Learning; Cross-cultural Communication, and Global Citizenship.
All WLC programs and courses adhere to these values.
Admission to Department Programs
Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the World Languages and Cultures department for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.
Students in the majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for their program/s.
Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. Students may contact the department to request placement testing if they have prior instruction in any of the languages. For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through our placement exam or credit by examination. Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete General Education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans.
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/foreign-language or by contacting the department directly.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Certificate BMinor
CoursesAmerican Sign Language (ASL)Chinese (CHIN)French (FR)German (GERM)Japanese (JAPN)Page: 1