Seattle Pacific University

Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics


Mission Statement of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics


To provide opportunities for students to acquire foreign language skills and cultural competency, along with knowledge of linguistics and cultural and literary studies, thus helping them to prepare for a life of service and respectful engagement with the world.

LCL Goals

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics seeks to help students:

• Understand and appreciate the rich diversity of world languages and cultures, both ancient and modern.
• Achieve communicative proficiency, both productive and receptive, in languages other than English.
• Cultivate an appreciation for world literature(s) so as to deepen and enrich the study of languages and cultures.
• Understand the structure of language through the study of linguistics.


There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves; since you are eager for manifestations of the spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. — 1 Corinthians 14:10–12