To learn a new language is also to learn a new culture. As a language student, you’ll develop a rich understanding of different cultures and come to appreciate the sheer diversity of human experience in the process, all at a fraction of the cost for a similar background at four-year universities.
At SPSCC, you’ll be a part of courses taught by passionate, skilled instructors (often native speakers) who have deep knowledge of their chosen language and culture of focus. In spoken languages, you will build a solid foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In the visual language, American Sign Language (ASL), you’ll build a solid foundation receptively and expressively. In addition to personal enrichment, language skills broaden personal and career opportunities in an increasingly diverse and interconnected society.
We offer classes in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
What’s different at SPSCC?
Get the accommodations you need to succeed. Learning new languages can be difficult for anyone – if you have an impairment that impacts your educational experience, the Access Services office offers a number of services to help you be successful at SPSCC.
Immerse yourself in a new culture through our study abroad programs. Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, or México or Spain, spend a summer studying Japanese in Osaka. SPSCC’s study abroad programs connect you to several scholarship and grant opportunities, allowing you to study abroad at a fraction of the cost that you might find at a 4-year institution.
Join student-led culture, language and identity clubs. SPSCC hosts a number of student-led clubs to help broaden your horizons and ensure you’ll always have a place to call home.
Career and employment prospects
Languages skills are essential for many disciplines and professions. Opportunities in translation, interpretation, and several media and communications fields are predicted to grow faster than the national average. Professional ASL interpreters are in high demand – some students continue their studies at 4-year schools and major in ASL, while others continue their studies in sign language interpreting programs. Language proficiencies are also used to increase employability in professions such as education, health care, and social service.
Career overview, pay rate, work environment, and more (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):
- What Can I Do With A Degree in World Languages and Literatures? (Portland State University)
- VIDEO: Careers in Foreign Language (Bridgewater State University)
Degrees & Certificates
- Cultural Studies (Associate in Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement)
Department/Division ContactHumanities and Communication