culture class

Department of Global Languages & Cultures

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to see the world through someone else’s eyes? By taking courses in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures, for the first time you will be able to experience just that.

The coursework involves language and cultural proficiency and is interdisciplinary. The critical framework of area studies draw upon the humanities and the social sciences, and introduces students to every aspect of foreign cultures, from the sciences to artistic production. Through studying a globally relevant language, you will have the opportunity to study abroad and complete an internship in the U.S. or abroad that fosters an appreciation for diverse cultures and an understanding of the global issues that confront the world today.

You will be engaged both in and outside of the classroom through fieldtrips and meeting speakers brought to campus through the endowed Charlotte Moran Lecture Series. The faculty, whose combined area of research spans five continents and more than 50 countries, believe that research and teaching complement each other, bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas to the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to travel and conduct research with a faculty member thanks to a competitive college-side grant.

All the members of the Department of Global Languages and Literatures at Hood College strongly believe Black Lives Matter. We stand by and support our Black students and colleagues. We have watched the recent horrific events in Georgia, Minnesota, and elsewhere with great sadness and pain and have been reminded that racism, systemic racism, violence, and state violence against the Black community are longstanding and ongoing problems that we as a nation have failed to address. We view this tragic moment as a call to action. We as a department need to do more, both in and outside of the classroom, to address the daily traumas our Black students and colleagues experience.     

As Humanists and scholars of global languages and cultures, we are well aware of our responsibility to teach our students about racism and the dangers of authoritarianism. The societies we study have perpetuated some of the worst crimes against humanity. We see the enduring effects of colonialism, ethnic cleansing, the Holocaust, and ruthless dictatorships to this very day. As language professors, we recognize that language is power; it forms the basis of societal and social hierarchies. Language can empower or disempower, include or exclude, inspire or hurt, meaning we must take great pain to ensure that all voices are heard equally in our democracy. If we do not critically examine systems of power through language, we fail to protect our democracy and ensure social justice for all.

In order to combat racism and authoritarianism, and therefore help all students, faculty, and staff at Hood College realize their full potential in our liberal democracy, we pledge to do the following:

1. We pledge to review our curricula and pedagogies so that they incorporate anti-racist and anti-authoritarian principles.

2. We pledge to make all of our courses inclusive for ALL students.

3. We pledge to teach cultural empathy. We strengthen ourselves and our community when we appreciate and understand different cultures in comparison with our own. 

4. We pledge to teach our students that societies and cultures are imperfect and complicated, and that learning about these imperfections is the first step to meaningful improvement and change.

5. We pledge to teach our students that societies are comprised of many cultural traditions and that not all voices in those traditions are heard or heard equally. We must learn to listen to all voices and learn to use speech to empower others.


Raquel Zarzuelo García-Parada

International Teaching Assistants Past & Present

Department of Global Languages and Cultures Alumni Faculty

TAs from far and wide share their experiences working with the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at Hood College.

  • Academics
  • Humanities
  • International Students
  • Language & International Studies
  • Alumni Relations
Chris Haugh

Field Trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery

Field Trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery Undergraduate Student

A Spanish class field trip to Mount Olivet Cemetery explored how Frederick deals with memory and history compared to Spain.

  • Academics
  • Experiential Learning
  • Language & International Studies