World Languages and Cultures

Understanding world cultures and being conversant in another language are fundamental skills for today's global citizens. Graduates with multiple languages go on to find work in fields as diverse as government, politics, international relations, journalism, health and social services, translation services, environmental advocacy, education, and the arts.

World Languages and Cultures offers instruction in ten languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Other elective coursework includes classical civilization, film, historical perspectives, literature, modern culture, and peace and conflict studies. Students also have a wide range of opportunities for experiential learning via study abroad, international internships, undergraduate research, and other high-engagement activities.

Issue 8 -BloGoteca de Babel Número 8

This issue features a dossier on fictocriticism coordinated by Betsy Partyka from Ohio University as well as original, creative contributions by  BGSU undergraduates, grad students and alumni.

Austrian writer Clemens Berger reads from his novel, The President, which Clemens completed when serving as Max Kade Writer in Residence (2019) at BGSU (Salzburg Literaturhaus, 3 Feb. 2021).

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Bilingual is Better

There are clear and tangible benefits to being bilingual. Benefits


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Melody Freeland returning for master's degree in Spanish

“I have taken the best classes with the Spanish department and they have ignited my passion for many things, which led me to graduate school,” she said. Her pursuit of Spanish as a minor also gave her the opportunity to also create an independent study to conduct literary and cinematic research in Spanish, which paved the way for her to publish an article in the journal Argus-a in Argentina and the United States.  She will start her master’s degree in Spanish at BGSU in the fall while working as a math and Spanish teacher for Upward Bound, which supports students in their preparation for college entrance. She also plans to travel to Alcalá de Henares, Spain, during the fall semester.

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BGSU designs virtual course to immerse students in Spanish culture

“Because we value this program, we brainstormed how we could still offer it in some shape or form in the time of COVID,” said Dr. Marcia Salazar-Valentine, executive director of BGSU’s International Programs and Partnerships (IPP). “This class will offer students an opportunity not only to practice their Spanish but also to learn about the culture of Spain and have virtual field trips. We already have a good number of students registered in the class.” Drs. Susana Juarez, the on-site director in Spain, and Phil Peek, chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, developed an “in-house,” virtual class about language and culture in Spain. BGSU SPAN 3850: Virtual Study Abroad: Language and Culture in Spain, led by Juarez, is being offered in the spring.

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Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla's Research Published