Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures! Our programs of study include linguistics and 14 different modern languages for you to choose from. We provide a wide array of courses for beginning to advanced levels, that will allow you to develop and enhance your language skills, and study literature, culture, and even business practices. Our courses prepare students for transfer to the UC and CSU systems as well as other public and private colleges in and out of California. They address a wide range of our students’ interests and goals, from personal fulfillment to pursuing a major or minor in a language discipline. We also offer departmental certificates in Asian Studies, African and Middle Eastern Studies, and Latin American Studies. These certificates serve as launching pads for our students to further their education in a chosen area or to be better positioned to meet the demands of today's multilingual workplace.

The Santa Monica College Department of Modern Languages and Cultures promotes a community of respect and understanding of different ethnic groups and their cultures through the study of language, literature, and culture. We train students to understand, speak, read, and write in the target language, enabling them to interact with and contribute to the global community by giving students a global perspective, including the appreciation of other cultural heritages, which promotes community, national, and international cooperation.

  • Contact Info

    DH 314

    Phone Number
    (310) 434-4248

    Lourdes Arévalo, Ph.D.
    Department Chair

    Travis Grant​
    Administrative Assistant

  • Office Hours

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Thursday:
    8 a.m. - 12 p.m.