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Due to COVID-19, the College and World Languages Resource Center are closed to students and visitors.

All World Languages classes will be online in Spring 2021. Enrollment for Spring has started on November 2!

Please see the WL Spring 2021 Schedule for our classes.

Contact our chair, Dr. Nelson snelson@palomar.edu for any questions.

Please be advised:

“It is the policy of the Department of World Languages for online courses for students to appear on camera for assignments, exams, interviews, presentations and class meetings. This policy seeks to best create a sense of classroom community online while meeting the course learning objectives. If you do not intend to  participate via video in your online course, please reconsider your enrollment, as you will not be able to pass the class without it. Please read your syllabus and talk to your professor for assistance or additional requirements.”


Our Program

The department offers lower-division, transfer-level courses in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Most language courses meet General Education requirements. Classes are taught on campus, online, in a hybrid format and via video lectures.

Degree & Certificate Programs

The department offers  an AA-T program in Spanish and AA programs in French, German, Italian and Japanese.

Program Advantages

Beginning and intermediate language classes are transferable to four-year universities and meet General Education requirements.

Career Opportunities

Mastery of a foreign language is an invaluable asset in nearly every field, whether in business or in academics. Beyond the immediate practical advantages of foreign-language study, there is also the profound personal enrichment that comes from the first-hand knowledge of other peoples and cultures.

Our Mission

The mission of the World Languages Department is to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment for students to gain language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Emphasis is on the expansion of cross-cultural awareness, as well as the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the target language. Through the study of languages, students develop an awareness of the experiences of others, an understanding of their unique ways of life, and a recognition and respect for their diversity and contributions to the world.

We are committed to helping our students achieve communicative competence in world languages in order to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world.