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Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Making language and culture meaningful.

In teaching language, we work in highly interactive and learning-centered contexts to develop your ability to ask and answer the critical questions that make language, history, culture, and society meaningful. We further immerse you in the learning of a modern language and culture through study abroad, co-curricular international travel, service learning, internship, and undergraduate research.

Our mission is to open new pathways for thinking and viewing others from the perspective of a different language and culture. At the heart of our mission is the transformative power of learning how to communicate with others in the larger world, understand them, and then embrace the paradox of how we are both different and the same.

Majors & Minors

We offer majors in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Spanish Education (Teacher Licensure, grades P-12). We offer minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies and French and Francophone Studies.

We also offer elementary course sequences in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish in the general education core.

A major in language complements many other majors when combined into a double major. Students with such a double major are more marketable after graduation. Learn more about combining majors or our English as a Foreign Language program.


The University and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures award a number of scholarships for students studying French and/or Spanish. These awards recognize and celebrate academic excellence in the modern languages at Otterbein.

The Giammarco Premio Endowed Award
For excellence in the study of modern languages.

The Hamilton Merit Award
For sophomore modern language students.

The Gilbert E. Mills Award
For an outstanding senior in modern language.

The Dr. Elizabeth Doerschuk O'Bear Award
For outstanding full-time students in modern languages.

The Samuel and Ida Spencer Memorial Endowed Study-Abroad Award
For full-time students enrolled in Otterbein study-abroad programs.

/ Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Paul Eisenstein, Chair
e/ peisenstein@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1609

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