Modern Languages & Literature

In today's global society, a well-rounded education should include compenent foreign language skills and cross cultural understanding.The international nature of business, politics, and the environment, as well as the changing demographics within the US, have dramatically increased the demand for individuals who can transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. These individuals will hold increasingly pivotal roles in industry, government, science, and education.

Language Requirement (for 2016-17 Catalogue)
All students who major in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to demonstrate competence in a second language. Students beginning study in a second language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101 and 102). Students continuing study of a second language from high school must show competence at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201). This can be accomplished by attaining a passing score on the proficiency examination or by passing a course at the intermediate (201) level. Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement. The languages regularly taught at Gonzaga are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Spanish.

Language Placement Information
Please contact Prof. Diane Birginal, Modern LanguagesTesting Coordinator
(; 313-3959; E. 511 Sharp #103)

Students continuing in the study of a second language from high school are required to complete the placement assessment (PLACE) and consult with the Modern Languages department if they have additional questions about where they should start when continuing their second language studies. The following example is a general guide to placement. However, the quality of high school courses and student performance will also be a factor in how well a student scores on the placement assessment.

Placement test scores below 3: level 102
Score 4: level 201
502 E. Boone Avenue AD 44
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-6783

Main Office location:
CG 435-C

Patricia Terry, Associate Dean
Interim Department Chair
(509) 313-3885
College of Arts & Sciences Office of the Dean, CG 416

Lisa Meyer
Program Assistant
(509) 313-6783