Modern Languages & Cultures Department


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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, to help you develop and enhance your language skills, and study literature, culture, and even business practices.

Our programs — which include an Associate Degree for Transfer in Spanish — prepare students for transfer to the UC and CSU systems, as well as other public and private colleges in and out of California. Courses 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 Certificates of Achievement in African and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian 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 students to interact with and contribute to the global community by giving them a global perspective — including the appreciation of other cultural heritages — which promotes community, national, and international cooperation.

Contact Info

Location: DH 314

Phone: 310-434-4248

Department Chair: Lourdes Arévalo, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant: Travis Grant​

Office Hours

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

Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.