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 nine languages: Ancient Greek, 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.


Wrapped chocolate bar with oranges in the background

For the Love of Chocolate: Por amor al chocolate

Matthew Sibley, Spanish M.A. graduate, was inspired by his courses here at BGSU, particularly those on Latin American culture and a course on food and politics.  Through that course, he met Federico Cuatlacuatl, who started Rasquache Artist Residency, which Matt participated in from 2016-2019. Rasquache took place in San Francisco Cuapan in Puebla, Mexico, a small town where they have a tradition of drinking Cacao, a drink made from the cacao bean with different ground spices and grains. This experience further motivated him to learn how to make his own chocolate and toast the cacao from scratch, giving way to a hobby that would lead to opening Apalache Chocolate in 2019.

The self-taught chocolatier's passion for the cultural significance of the cacao fruit and his love of the Spanish language paved the way for this interesting journey to becoming an entrepeneur. 

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Two Alumni Published in Antología Abierta de Literatura Hispana

Two of our Spanish undergraduate alumni, Clara Barned and Seneca Doty, recently published their edition of poems by Spanish writer Faustina Sáez de Melgar in the open source Antología abierta de literatura hispana [Open Anthology of Hispanic Literature].

They began working on this project in Dr. Carles Ferrando Valero’s digital edition and publication workshops, as part of his 19th-century Spanish literature course, in the spring semester of 2021. Dr. Ferrando Valero also supervised their application for a CURS Grant, through which they received a small stipend, and their participation in the 2021 Undergraduate Symposium on Research. Now their submission has been reviewed and published! It can be accessed online through the following links: Introducción [introduction] and Edición de poemas [edition of selected poems]. The anthology is available in different formats, including Ebook, PDF, and Online.

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla, BGSU professor of Spanish

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla's Research Published

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla named the BGSU 2022 Professor of Research Excellence!

Updated: 09/12/2022 03:55PM