World Languages

Interested in learning another language but not sure if it will be beneficial? Find out how you can gain cross-cultural experience and what majors offer a chance to learn a new language.

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Why learn a language at Northwestern?

Learning a language is an adventure. We want you to take the time to enjoy the scents, colors, sounds, tastes, and textures of the language and culture you are acquiring. We invite you to step into the lives, minds, and hearts of other people and their culture.

  • Get equipped with practical communication skills and knowledge of cultural and historical contexts, preparing you for a wide range of career fields.
  • Learn by example from the rich, extensive experiences of language professors who lived in the countries of the languages they teach.
  • Develop a thoughtful, Christ-centered perspective through your courses and life-giving relationships with caring professors at Northwestern.
  • Spanish majors are immersed in language by spending a semester abroad in Spain or Costa Rica.
  • ESL Education and Spanish Education majors gain valuable, hands-on teaching experiences through placements in the K–12 schools under the mentorship of college supervisors and co-operating teachers.

Watch the 2018 Multilingual Christmas Caroling Chapel!

Majors that matter: Language as Career

ESL (English as a Second Language) Education
Teach English language learners in grades K–12 in public or private schools.

ESL/Elementary Education-Dual License
Teach English language learners in grades K–12 and elementary students (grades K–6) in public or private schools.

Communicate effectively in Spanish in any career or ministry capacity where Spanish skills and cultural knowledge are needed or valued.

Spanish Education
Teach Spanish in grades K–12 in public or private schools.

Spanish study abroad programs

Spanish majors study abroad with programs like Semester in Spain in Seville or the Students International program in Costa Rica.

The Department of World Languages works with the Department of Christian Ministries to offer these concentrations for the Intercultural Studies major: Chinese Language, English Language Teaching, and Spanish Language.


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World Languages Newsletter 2023

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