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World Languages Department


The Department of World Languages offers you the world.

Our programs not only build and broaden language skills, but also expose you to the rich culture and history of the world’s people and places. Our comprehensive and intensive range of courses allows for the study of a wide variety of languages and cultures, including French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. For information on Cherokee language studies, please visit Cherokee Studies.

We offer several undergraduate academic programs that include a major in Spanish and minors in GermanJapanese, and Spanish.

In addition to your curricular pursuits, you’ll find any number of special opportunities and events to get involved in—including student-run organizations, Study Abroad, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the annual Language Contest for High School Students, to name but a few.

Whether your passion is absorbing the cultures of the world or teaching a foreign language or second language learners, the Department of World Languages offers you the world.

Faculty and Staff

Our faculty have a wide range of expertise, experience, interests and connections. The small size of most classes in the World Languages Department means there is plenty of opportunity for interaction between teacher and student.

Name Email Phone and Office
Lori Oxford, Department Head 828.227.2769
McKee 118
Melissa Allen, Administrative Associate 828.227.7241
McKee 118
Alberto Centeno-Pulido 828.227.3.782
McKee 128A
Mark Couture   828.227.3973
McKee 131C
Garrett Fisher   828.227.3906
McKee 132B
Santiago García-Castañón   828.227.3500
McKee 127
Stephanie Grace-Petinos 828.227.3873
McKee G10A
Will Lehman  828.227.3761
McKee 128B
Soichiro Motohashi   828.227.3758
McKee 131B
Yumiko Ono 828.227.3859
McKee 126
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