World Languages at CCC

To welcome a world of increasing diversity through quality teaching and assessment of foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness.

The Clackamas Community College World Language Department offers students the opportunity to complete their first two years of foreign language studies before transferring to a four-year institution. The department also seeks to offer a variety of cultural activities to promote an interest not only in language, but in the whole world and its diversity.

The World Languages Department offers transfer courses in a wide variety of separate disciplines:

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

On occasion, the department can also connect students with other cultures by offering exchange and study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, Germany and France.

Have a question? Need more information about world language courses at CCC? Contact the World Languages at 503-594-3403 or email:

Ernesto Hernandez, Department Chair

Amy Burghardt, Administrative Assistant

The CCC World Languages Department office is located on the Oregon City campus, McLoughlin Hall, Room M208.

What we offer

Foreign Language Sequence: Two terms (8 credits) of the the second-year foreign language sequence--201, 202, 203--can be used in partial fulfillment of the "Arts and Letters" requirement for the AAOT degree. At State universities in Oregon, the 203 class is required for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The full two-year sequence begins with 101, which has no prerequisite. Admission to subsequent courses requires passing the previous course or instructor consent. Courses in the entire sequence from 101 to 203 focus on building proficiency in all four major areas of foreign language acquisition: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

Career possibilities with a World Language degree

A Bachelor's Degree (BA) in a foreign language alone does not qualify one to enter any profession. Most professions also require demonstration of a minimum level of speaking and writing ability in the language, some sort of certification, and, to teach at the college level, a more advanced degree. With this in mind, a BA in a foreign language could be the first step toward a career as a:

  • College Instructor
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • International Sales/Marketing Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • International Humanitarian Relief Officer
  • Travel Agent
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Student Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Language Clubs

You can practice language skills and learn about other cultures by participating in the American Sign Language, French, German or Spanish Clubs.

Cultural Activities

The World Language Department regularly promotes cultural activities that expose students to the arts, customs, traditions and literature of the country or countries where the target language is spoken.

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Contact Us

World Languages Department

Ernesto Hernandez

Amy Burghardt