Foreign Language

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You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.

– Czech Proverb

Open doors to new ideas, new experiences, and new opportunities: learn a language.

There are many life long advantages in being bilingual. Learning a foreign language will open a door to new ideas, new experiences, and new opportunities both in the workplace and in social life; and it will prepare students for success in the new global economy.

The Foreign Language Department offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Its dedicated faculty strives to help students acquire proficiency in foreign languages and enhance their understanding of other cultures and peoples.

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What You’ll Study

  • Chinese
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers


Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in a foreign language.

Careers & Salary


  • Foreign Language and Literature Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Secondary School Teacher


  • Low: $28k
  • Average: $71k
  • High: $190k

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Adjunct Faculty

  • Liya Ao
  • Valeria Barragan
  • Chiang Horng Harn
  • Natsuyo Higuchi
  • Ana Maradiaga-Bunker
  • Estela Marquez-Alarcon
  • Adrienne Merlo
  • Arturo Navarro
  • Mutsumi Nobuhara
  • Emi Okubo
  • Fatima Pazargadi
  • Saeko Saito
  • Santiago Tamariz
  • Dan Zhang
  • Julie Zweig

Foreign Language Department

Location: Humanities, Room 208
T: (714) 484-7169
Department Chair: Karen Le Cornet, and Mihoko Terada Luther,