Foreign Languages

Has it always been your dream to speak another language?  Do you love to travel and learn about different cultures? If this sounds like you, then study in our Foreign Language program is the perfect fit. Our program will prepare you for any number of career fields and expose you to rich cultures and diverse ways of life. 

It’s not just about learning another language. At Henderson State, we incorporate the importance of culture and diversity within other countries. As you progress through our program, you will have the opportunity to study literature, culture and civilization while practicing your language skills in three languages - Spanish, German and French. We also have several travel opportunities so you won’t only practice speaking, but you’ll experience the culture first-hand. 

Our accomplished and diverse faculty members will give you the skills and knowledge you need to reach your goals for studying a foreign language. Small class sizes make it easy to develop strong relationships with your professors. They will expose you to the important linguistic and cultural factors, making you an expert in the area of the language, culture and society. 

You will have an enriched knowledge of different cultures around the world. You will also be in high demand as a bi-lingual person living in a country that grows in diversity every day. With a degree from Henderson State and coursework in a foreign language, you will be prepared for jobs in government, education, media, entertainment and tourism. 

At Henderson State, you can major or minor in Spanish. You can also pursue a minor in either French or German.

Why study a foreign language?

Learning languages introduces you to new ways of learning and experimenting with different communication styles. You will not simply learn grammar and new words, you will explore new sound systems, ways of expressing ideas and interacting with members from other communities. Other reasons include:

  • Helps expand your world view
  • Balances content and skills
  • Fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and culture
  • Raises cultural awareness
  • Contributes to the achievement of national goals, especially those of economic development and national security
  • Develops your intellect
  • Aids the acquisition of reflective leaning strategies
  • Exposes the learner to other ways of thinking
  • Builds practical skills for travel, commerce, and tools for other disciplines
  • Teaches respect for diversity


Courses in the foreign language program include:

  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Spanish Translation
  • Advanced German Conversation and Composition
  • Introduction to German Literature
  • French Culture and Civilization
  • Introduction to French Literature
Additional Spanish courses
Additional French courses
Additional German courses

Top careers

  • High school teacher
  • Adult literacy teacher
  • High school equivalency diploma teacher
  • Translator

Related information


Maryjane Dunn
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Val Gudrian
Associate Professor of German and French

Nydia Jeffers
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Margarita Peraza-Rugeley
Assistant Professor of Spanish