Studying both Spanish and German provides students not only with the skills required to speak the languages, but also the opportunity to learn about and appreciate Hispanic and Germanic societies, cultures, and artistic expressions. The guiding principle of the curriculum is that one of the best ways to understand a culture is directly through its language.

The Spanish program at Western places a strong emphasis on building a solid grammar and vocabulary base, with an equal emphasis on cultural awareness through culture, film, literature, and linguistics courses. The German program offers a wide range of courses in language, literature, culture, drama, film, and linguistics. The multifaceted and integrated programs of the department provide an opening to the world through language, literature, culture and civilization. The study of both Spanish and German becomes a meeting place for true diversity.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Beyond the Classroom

With both resources and events from both the Spanish and German programs, German/Spanish students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities: 

  • German Table (Stammtisch), or Spanish Table at Rudy’s Pizzeria in downtown Bellingham 
  • Intramural German soccer team 
  • German Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society 
  • WELP (Western Employee Language Program)
  • Spanish Program Volunteer Opportunities
  • Cultural Ambassadors Program in Spain: North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students in the Spanish/German program graduate with career and continued education plans from locally to all over the world.


Sample Jobs

  • Interpreter 
  • Foreign Correspondent 
  • Foreign Service Officer 
  • FBI Agent 
  • Educator 
  • Foreign Diplomat 
  • Travel Writer

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.