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The Department of Languages and Cultures works to provide students with knowledge that will be useful to them practically, intellectually, and professionally.

Our department seeks to equip the student with the ability to understand, speak, read, and write the language. To this end, the target language is used extensively, in some courses exclusively, in the classroom. The department aims to make the learning of languages as authentic and effective as possible. Students publish a French-language newspaper, perform a Spanish play, and broadcast in French and Spanish on the College radio station.

The study of a language and the culture rooted in that language will not only provide students with invaluable insights into the nature and structure of feelings, imagination, and thought, but will also deepen their understanding of their own language and culture.

Knowledge of another language enhances employment opportunities in many fields in an increasingly interdependent world, and is the basis for a career itself. Career opportunities are found in tourism, international business, government, airlines, social work, and teaching.



The student who chooses to major in French will unlock doors to new ways of perceiving the world in which we live.


Whether you hope to learn basic Spanish in order to survive abroad or you want to immerse yourself in Hispanic history and culture through the study of Cervantes or Garcia Marquez, Centenary's Spanish program can meet your needs.

Business Foreign Language Coordinate Program

The Foreign Language Department works with the Frost School of Business to prepare students for a career in international business or to work in business environments where Spanish or French are the predominant languages.

Study Abroad

Centenary provides its students opportunities for study abroad through its membership in the consortium of the Associated Colleges of the South and through various CODOFIL programs (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and through exchange programs.
Contact Info

Dana Kress

Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures; Professor of French

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