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.

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

Portuguese newspaper recognizes Fátima Cornwall
Becca Sibrian presents as a panelist at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language
Internship Opportunity for Spanish Students
Boise State Chinese Club to Host Annual China Night on February 8th, 2020


Gabby Bates, Spanish and Accounting Double Major

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Justin Snyder, French 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!

Learn More about the Pathways OER Project

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