World Languages (Area of Study)
Language proficiency is an important skill for more and more Americans who must compete professionally in a global economy. It is a marketable skill in such diverse fields as medicine, government, science, technology, banking, trade, industry, communications, teaching, and social work. Clark College language students apply their skills not only to employment but also to upper-division transfer studies at four-year universities.

Classes emphasize learning strategies that are necessary to communicate in the real world. Language clubs provide active support and opportunities for using the language ranging from film series and round-table discussion groups to field trips and cultural presentations.

Program Options

Students who intend to major in a world language at a four-year institution should consider two years of study in one language. Clark offers two-year programs (elementary, intermediate) in three areas:
  • German

  • Spanish

  • Japanese

And one-year programs in:
  • American Sign Language

  • French

Summer Study Abroad for Language Students

The departments provide the following language and cultural opportunities:
  • French Study Abroad opportunity

  • German immersion/study every summer with the German Studies in Berlin program

  • Spanish immersion/study at the University of Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain

  • Japanese immersion/study at Tokyo Institute of Japanese in Tokyo and visiting Kyoto and Joyo

Other Study Abroad

Clark College is a member of the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA), which offers quarter-long programs in London, England; Paris, France; Florence, Italy; and Alajuela, Costa Rica. Contact an advisor in the International Center for more information.