As a student of Walla Walla University, we want to ensure that you have all the tools you need to succeed. Here is the place where you can locate student resources and get answers to questions you may have about the CommLang Department.
The degree audit is a comprehensive list of classes that are required, suggested, or possible to be taken to complete the academic requirements for your major. The degree audit is constantly being updated to give you a good idea of your progress.
Here is how to access your degree audit:
- Sign in to your MyWWU account
- Go to PeopleSoft Student Center Classic
- Click on “My Academics”
- Select “View My Degree Audit"
If you’d like to see a list of majors/minors offered through our department with accompanying descriptions of each one, click here.
Colloquia are required extracurricular learning opportunities involving guest speakers from various fields of work. This a great way to learn more about your career of choice and to meet professionals working in your field. For more information about colloquia, click here.
Wrapping your mind around a new language can be challenging. But we don't want you struggle through it alone. Instead, connect with us in our Language Lab, meet tutors at the student development center, and get credit for what you already know with CLEP tests.
Senior projects are a chance for you as a graduating senior to showcase your skills and knowledge you’ve learned while studying here at WWU. To view requirements for and examples of senior projects, click here.
Graduating language students must complete an exit exam for their chosen language. This includes spoken and written components as well as a presentation in their language. In some cases, the presentation is a full event, where other students are encouraged to attend and support language majors’ final exams.
As a WWU student, you get priority when applying for campus jobs. We also provide an online resource of job postings advertised to the CommLang department, which you can find here.
What’s the difference between an internship and a job? The main difference is that an internship is required for graduation! As a CommLang major (and some minors) you’ll be required to complete an internship in order to receive your degree.
Why? Because internships offer you a safe environment to learn the ropes of your field, to get a taste of the real work environment before you leave school. It’s a safety net where you’re free to learn by doing, make mistakes, and test your strengths before entering the workforce. Click here for more information about internships and job opportunities.
EQ Checkout stands for Equipment Checkout, and it’s the program we use to reserve and distribute Film/TV gear to students with relevant projects. Students enrolled in any of our programs may reserve the equipment for free. We have a wide selection of professional gear for you to choose from!
Community members are also welcome to rent our gear through this system. However, students are given priority and there will be a rental fee associated with non-student use of WWU film equipment.
The CommLang department has a discord server! This server is designed to be a hangout spot for students, where you can ask questions, collaborate on homework, or simply socialize. The server is available to all Walla Walla students, professors, and staff.
Professor Alma Alfaro will be offering Spanish 101, 102, and 103 this summer. The courses will be fully online and asynchronous! Spanish is an essential skill for many professionals and anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of other cultures. Sign up early to secure your spot! If you have questions, contact Prof. Alma Alfaro at email@example.com. For more help, call (509) 527-2832.
Opportunities for Communication and Languages majors
Looking for an internship? A job? Opportunities to use what you're learning in class?
Adventist Colleges Abroad
Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) provides a unique opportunity for you to travel, study abroad, and earn college credit through Walla Walla University. If you decide to major or minor in one of the languages we offer, you will spend time abroad with ACA as a part of your degree program. Students who wish to minor in Portuguese, Italian, or Arabic can participate in a year-long study abroad program to complete a minor in these languages.
Every year, WWU sends 30-40 students abroad with ACA. Our students come back excited about their experiences and ready to share.
As a freshman attending Walla Walla University, we would like to help you “jump” into the college experience. One of the ways we do that is by providing JumpStart. JumpStart is a week long freshman orientation to help familiarize you with the campus, faculty and staff, and fellow classmates. JumpStart is not required, however, it is highly recommended. Enrolling in and attending JumpStart also gets a credit under your belt without even putting in any actual classwork.
Every freshman is connected with a mentor, a community member with college experience. You will meet with your mentor for weekly half-hour sessions throughout the year (and as needed). Mentors offer academic, social, emotional, and spiritual support to their group of mentees.
Freshman year is all about finding your professional passion. The rest of your college experience will be about turning that passion into a career. You may already know what you want to do as a career when you set foot on campus, but if you don’t know exactly what major to declare, that’s okay too! The modern university experience gives you the opportunity to take time and explore what major is the perfect fit.
By now, you should be getting fully acclimated to the university experience. During your sophomore year, it’s ideal to hone in on a major if you haven’t already, and focus on getting your general classes out of the way in order to prepare for your junior and senior year, when you can really start to focus on your passions.
Junior year is when college life really gets exciting. Not only do you start to focus more on your particular field of study, you also get to start applying for internships and planning your senior project.
Still looking for a major that’s right for you? Don’t worry! Your advisor will help, and many students choose to take a fifth year for exactly this reason. Incidentally, CommLang is a great place for those of us who aren’t quite sure where they fit. The broad skill sets taught in this department will set you up for a job in almost any field or prepare you for the job you know you want.
You’ll want to start planning your career so that your internship and senior project will match your interests. Remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about your internship, and you can always take more than one.
If you’re a senior or super-senior, this is probably your last year of undergraduate education. Not only will you be finishing up classes and working on your senior project, you’ll also intern at a real-world company, working on a project that will boost the beginning of your career, if you haven’t already.
This year, it’s important to keep in touch with your advisor, keep an eye on your degree audit, and keep a finger on the pulse of your grades to ensure that graduation goes smoothly.
Among the other graduate programs offered at WWU, the CommLang department has our very own Masters of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and Worldview!
Our Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and Worldview combines top-quality instruction with professional filmmaking tools and a heavy emphasis on collaboration and networking.
Your classes will explore filmmaking from all sides—narrative, artistic, and technical. Whether you’re a new graduate or returning after many years, our knowledgeable professors will tailor your experience so you control the pace of your learning.
Along with classes in web video, interactive filmmaking, and production, you’ll learn ways of sharing the gospel, foundations of Christian theology, and methods of audience research, all through a variety of cultural perspectives. Simply put, this M.A. degree gives film creators the skills they need to create powerful films to change their world.
Jerry Hartman - Film, TV, and Media
Linda Crumley - Department Chair
Lynelle Ellis - Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview
Alma Alfaro - Spanish
Jerry Entze - Academic Advisement and Curriculum and JumpStart Coordinator
Nancy Semotiuk - Strategic Communication
Aidan Hinshaw - Adjunct Professor
Jean-Paul Grimaud - French, Global Communication
Jenna Ables -
Brigitte Davis - German/Speech
Kristen Taylor - Director of Residential Life and Housing