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Department of World Languages

Graduates with language backgrounds possess a resource for continuing intellectual growth and personal fulfillment, a passport for moving easily within the world community and its diverse cultures, and a practical tool for earning a living. Programs in the Department of World Languages concentrate on the acquisition of language and knowledge of the cultures that the language expresses.

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Certificates / Minors / Majors

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Credit for Prior Learning

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Faculty and Staff

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Languages Offered

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Open Educational Resources

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Research & Community Projects

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Scholarships for Language Students

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Why Pursue Language Studies?

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World Languages Resource Center

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September 14-16, 2023

TRANSLATION: Wor(l)ds in Other Wor(l)ds Conference

This conference is free and open to the public.

The second Boise State University World Languages International Conference on Cultural Studies, jointly organized with the Center of Basque Studies (UNR), seeks to address the issues of Translation both as a practice and as an object of scholarly inquiry and create a dialogue between translation studies and other areas of cultural studies. The organizers welcome papers reflecting on the link between translation in disciplines such as literature, linguistics, critical theories, sociology, history, ethics, global studies, and technology, among others. The conference invites academics and practitioners to share and discuss innovative ways in which translation can contribute to intercultural understanding.

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Do you have prior language experience?

The Department of World Languages offers students with prior language experience the option to take a placement/challenge test and options to receive credit for prior learning. We encourage all students with existing language skills to consider minoring or majoring in their language.

Placement Tests & Credit for Prior Learning

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Consider a Double Major

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Find Internship Opportunities

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News & Updates

Français inclusif on Shortlist of Finalists for Open Education Awards for Excellence
TRANSLATION: Wor(l)ds in Other Wor(l)ds Conference Program
Brittney Gehrig Interviewed by Language Connects Foundation
Lead with Languages


The Pathways Open Educational Resource (OER) Language Teaching Repository, an initiative from the Boise State University Department of World Languages, is an open and collaborative network of instructional materials and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and students.

Teachers and students participate in the Pathways Project and come from different fields of study and schools across the globe to create open, digital activities that support the teaching and learning of world languages and promote intercultural competence.

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World Languages Student Spotlight

Gabby Bates, Spanish and Accounting Double Major

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Justin Snyder, French Major

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Zachary Zaleski, Spanish Major

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Paige Wooten, Spanish Major

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We Credential with the Global Seal of Biliteracy 

The Global Seal of Biliteracy is an international credential that conveys proficiency with language skills in two or more languages for our qualifying language majors. The Global Seal of Biliteracy enables programs across the world to quickly validate a student’s language skills to provide recognition, appropriate and or advanced placement in a language program, and even help earn scholarships and job opportunities.

The Global Seal of Biliteracy allows employers to easily verify our students’ language skills and be confident that they possess valuable soft skills linked to language learners. We believe language credentials will result in pay differentials and increased employment
opportunities for bilinguals. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is serial-numbered and can be added to a resume or LinkedIn under “Licenses & Certifications.”

The Global Seal of Biliteracy accepts multiple qualifying tests to receive this credential. The Department of World Languages applies on behalf of qualifying candidates for the Global Seal of Biliteracy certification and handles the logistics of getting each recipient their Global Seal if they have qualifying test results.

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