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World Languages Department

The Department of World Languages is committed to providing students basic knowledge of other languages and insight into and an appreciation of the literature and culture of other people. The department offers a minor in Spanish, as well as courses in other languages, such as French, Swahili, Latin, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.  Because the Department of World Languages offers a wide array of courses, SJC students have the opportunity to become well rounded in multiple languages and are able to tailor their class schedules to their needs and interests.

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World Languages Club

While the Department of World Languages’ courses emphasize language and literature, our World Languages Club expands on the knowledge learned in the classroom. Club members study different countries to find out what makes each one unique, experiment with new and exciting foods, and use art as a tool to learn about cultures other than their own. The World Languages Club is open to all students, and students minoring in Spanish or taking World Language classes are strongly encouraged to participate.  


In order to be more knowledgeable of the languages being studied, traveling near and far is an integral part of World Language courses. As a result, students participate in field trips to see first-hand how the target language is spoken in different areas. SJC also offers students the opportunity to study abroad through Central College, a nationally recognized study abroad provider, in order to enrich the practical, day-to-day language usage, as well as the cultural aspects of the language.

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