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In today’s globally connected world, employers seek professionals who have the international perspective, knowledge and skills to reach across borders, cultures and languages. A degree in a modern language can prepare you to meet this demand.
In this program, you'll develop your critical thinking skills, intercultural understanding and global awareness through the study of the French, Japanese or Spanish language, literature and culture. The program includes opportunities to study abroad in France or Spain, join language clubs and to participate in an international film festival.
Whether you want to work in the U.S. or abroad, this program can help you become more competitive in the job market, regardless of your career path.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Total Credits: 91 - 95
Suzie Heimbigner, Guided Pathways Curriculum Advisor Humanities Pathway
Suzie joined the staff at SFCC in July 2021. She brings over a decade of experience supporting student success, beginning her career with Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL), the online learning program of Spokane Public Schools. While with SVL, Suzie led a team of student support staff and was integral in the development of a multi-tiered intervention structure focused on student achievement. Suzie holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Idaho.
Suzie is happy to serve as the Curriculum Advisor and point of contact for students in the Humanities Pathway.
Linda Beane-Boose, Dean of Humanities at SFCC since 2016, has enjoyed a career in higher education which spans thirty years, including positions as director of faculty development, founding director of academic service-learning, and founding director of language services for the Center for International Education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. She has experience in faculty development and mentorship, pedagogical innovation, enhancing institutional mission, accreditation, and administration. Linda has held leadership positions in the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education which focuses on faculty development. She completed a BA from the College of Wooster before earning her Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Linda’s favorite thing about being dean is working together with dedicated faculty and staff to advance the mission of SFCC. She loves collaborating with others to better serve students, faculty, and the community. In her spare time, Linda enjoys cooking, gardening, wine tasting, cross-training, and biking, hiking and cross-country skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Born and raised in France, Eddy Cuisinier first studied English language & culture while in France, where he obtained his BA at the Universit de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. In 2001, he moved to the US and became a Teaching Assistant in French at SFCC from 2001 to 2003. He then obtained an MA in French Literature, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Eddy taught language and culture classes in different parts of the US before coming back to SFCC as the Instructor of French.
Eddy is a big proponent of study abroad and has lead programs in France, Belgium, Germany and Quebec.
When away from work, he likes to travel, cook and bake bread.
Yasuka is the Japanese Language Instructor at SFCC. She was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. Her educational journey began at the University of Tennessee in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, next the Community College of Portland in Oregon, and the Spokane Community College (SCC) Horticulture program. When she graduated from SCC, she received a scholarship from Washington State University (WSU) in the Landscape Architecture program; she decided to attend Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) where she received an associate degree (AA). Yasuka knew she had to find an area that she wanted to study and seek employment. She transferred to Gonzaga University (GU) where she studied and received an Elementary Education degree. Her first job was as a substitute teacher in an ESL program where she encountered a school principal who indicated that she "should find a job that would not require speaking English." This insensitive and inappropriate comment saddened her, though hardened her reserve to move forward and to get a master’s degree in Educational Technology from GU. After graduating from GU, she taught at various places in Spokane including SFCC where she eventually received tenure. Besides her instructor responsibilities, she is the adviser for both the SFCC Japanese and Anime Clubs. Yasuka and her partner enjoy outdoor activities, such as downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Her gentle, sweet dog Annie is always there for her and enjoys many of these activities. Her family lives in Japan, she loves to visit them as much as she can.
Gabriel Valenzuela teaches all the beginning and intermediate sections of Spanish at SFCC. Gabriel earned an MA from the University of Oregon in Spanish and Italian Languages and Literature with a focus on 16th century Spanish Iberian Literature and Medieval Italian and Renaissance Literature. He established a study abroad program to Perugia, Italy at a previous CC and now oversees the CCS Salamanca, Spain summer study abroad program
Gabriel enjoys outdoor pursuits in the majestic Pacific NW with his wife and children. One day he dreams of becoming a viticulturalist and planting here in the "Inland Empire".
Originally from Puebla, Mexico, Conrado Zepeda is one of our Spanish instructors. He studied Hispanic Literature and Applied Linguistics at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, (BUAP). He earned two master's degrees in Higher Education at BUAP and at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He completed the doctorate courses in Applied Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico. He has published several textbooks for oral and written communication for High School in Mexico and Colombia. He has collaborated as a teacher instructor in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. He writes poetry in Spanish and loves to walk, travel, and cook.
I had no idea that learning another language would help me gain other skills, as well as provide opportunities for personal growth. Learning French expanded my perspective and critical thinking, and led me to a better understanding of my first language. Understanding another language helped me create connections to other cultures, both in the US and abroad. Completing a language series unlocks a greater ability to understand and communicate, which increases academic and career opportunities. – Kaelah Fox SFCC Student, now pursuing a PhD
I had no idea that learning another language would help me gain other skills, as well as provide opportunities for personal growth. Learning French expanded my perspective and critical thinking, and led me to a better understanding of my first language. Understanding another language helped me create connections to other cultures, both in the US and abroad. Completing a language series unlocks a greater ability to understand and communicate, which increases academic and career opportunities.
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