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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.


Language Studies Can Take You Anywhere!

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Why Pursue Language Studies?

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Languages Offered

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Certificates / Minors / Majors

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Faculty and Staff

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World Languages Resource Center

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Get Involved

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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

Basque Studies faculty teach course for new Basque Country master’s program
Adrian Kane publishes essay on literary depictions of rivers during Central American civil wars
Korean Club Hosts Annual Korean BBQ Party
Basque Studies faculty present at conference on diasporas

World Languages Student Spotlight

Gabby Bates, Spanish and Accounting Double Major

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Justin Snyder, French Major

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Paige Wooten, Spanish Major

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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 participating in the Pathways Project come from different fields of study and schools across Idaho to create open (i.e., free), digital activities that support the teaching and learning of foreign languages and promote intercultural competence. We hope to impact the opportunities learners have to connect to the global world!

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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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