Students of both French and Spanish studies acquire the skills required to not only speak the languages, but also to learn about and appreciate French and Spanish 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.

Students develop a solid grammar and vocabulary base that allows them to become effective communicators with an equal emphasis on cultural awareness through culture, film, and literature courses. The department emphasizes the diversity and multicultural aspects of the Spanish and Francophone (French speaking) worlds through civilization, culture, literature and sociolinguistic courses. 

Western’s Modern and Classical Languages Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Beyond the Classroom

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

  • WELP (Western Employee Language Program) 
  • “On Parle” 
  • Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) 
  • French Club 
  • Table Française 
  • Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society 
  • Spanish Program Volunteer Opportunities
  • La Mesa del Español
  • Cultural Ambassadors Program in Spain: North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain

Careers and Graduate Studies

Students in the French/Spanish 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 
  • Linguist 
  • Travel Writer 
  • Communications Consultant

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.