Culture, History, and Languages

Modern Languages & Cultures Department


Contact the Modern Languages & Cultures Department

Contact Administrative Assistant Travis Grant  (Preferred Contact Method)

  • Email:
  • Phone: 310-434-4248
  • Office Hours (Working remotely with limited on-campus availability, it is best to email
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 1 – 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Response Time: 48 hours

Department Chair Dr. Lourdes Arévalo

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures!

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Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures! The programs of study include linguistics and 14 different modern languages for you to choose from. The department provides 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.

The 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 students’ interests and goals, from personal fulfillment to pursuing a major or minor in a language discipline.

Certificates of Achievement are also available 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.

Students are trained to understand, speak, read, and write in the target language, enabling students to interact with and contribute to the global community by giving a global perspective — including the appreciation of other cultural heritages — which promotes community, national, and international cooperation.