Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

World Languages and Cultures Department

College of Arts and Humanities
Black Hall 206
Mail Stop 7552

Faculty and Staff

Volha Isakava, PhD

Michael Johnson, PhD, French
Nathalie Kasselis, PhD, Spanish, French

Associate Professors
Eric Mayer, PhD, Spanish
Volha Isakava, PhD, Russian

Assistant Professors
Junyuan Chen, PhD, Japanese
Andrea Herrera-Dulcet, PhD, Spanish
Christina Torres Garcia, PhD, Latino and Latin American Studies
Taralynn Petrites, PhD, Deaf and Sign Language Studies, American Sign Language

Yoon Kim, MA, Korean
Laurie Moshier, DA, German, French
Glen Petrites, MA, American Sign Language
Veronica Muskheli, PhD, Russian
Akane Shirata, PhD, Japanese
Brigette Walters, PhD, Spanish
Xiaoyin Zhong, MA, Chinese

Emeritus Faculty
Elbert Bilyeu
Eva-Marie Carne
Ilda-Marie Easterling
Dinara Georgeoliani
Kelton W. Knight
Natalie Lefkowitz
Margaret N. Lester
Carlos E. Martin
Joshua S. Nelson
Dieter Romboy
Christian I. Schneider

Jordan Ledo, secretary senior

Department Information
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 Department of World Languages and Cultures for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.

Departmental Standards
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.

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: https://www.cwu.edu/academics/world-languages/ or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Certificate BMinor


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