World Languages and Philosophy Department
Choose from a wide array of languages and philosophy courses. While many courses are held in a traditional classroom, some courses can be taken online or as a combination of online and on campus (blended).
Spanish and French courses offer advanced studies of language and literature, as well as honors courses. Most language and philosophy courses transfer almost anywhere (consult a transfer advisor for assistance).
Experience the world through our world languages program. Discover some of the world's greatest languages and their cultures in both traditional and online, full-semester and intensive offerings. We offer courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portugese, Russian, and Spanish, including Spanish for high beginners (SPAN 103), Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPAN 106) and Intensive Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 203). We also offer advanced conversation and literature as well as Honors (HM) courses in French and Spanish.
In our philosophy program, hone your critical thinking and reasoning skills, explore the large questions, and discover how men and women have wrestled with these same questions at different times, from various cultural perspectives, and within different religious and ethical traditions.
Language Placement Testing
Placement testing in French and Spanish is available for all three campuses online. Chinese, German, Italian, and Russian placement tests are available for Rockville Campus students. The online placement tests ensure that students will enroll in the course that best suits their level of ability.
The WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam may be accessed from any computer with an internet connection. Click on the link for your campus below and follow the directions. You will be prompted to select a language and complete a short informational survey before starting the test.
- If you are currently an MC student, you will need to enter your M Number.
- If you are not currently an MC student, please enter the following as your ID: NonMC.
- Any student placing higher than the 101, 103, and 106 levels should contact the department office with questions.
- Please contact the campus contact listed if you are not currently a Montgomery College student.
- Placement exam results are valid for six months. The Department of World Languages and Philosophy reserves the right to make the final decisions about placement.
The Language Lab is located in MT 020 (Macklin Tower). The language lab is available to students for the completion of their required lab hours as well as world language tutoring. For more information on the services available to students please visit the Writing, Reading & Language Center.
Tutoring in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish are available free of charge in MT020 (Macklin Tower). For an updated schedule of World Languages tutoring, call 240-567-7215 or 240-567-7457. You may also go to MT020 to look at the posted schedule or ask any tutor or staff member.
The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) allows you to take exams to earn credit for what you already know. We offer CLEP for French, German and Spanish.
Noncredit Courses and Training
Our WD&CE division offers a wide variety of noncredit world languages courses and foreign language study opportunities. Many of these classes are also available as contract training classes; contact the program director for more information.
This department is part of MC's Humanities instructional area.