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Central Maryland is where the world comes to do business and where our nation performs many of its governmental functions. For that reason, we are ideally positioned to provide educational programming for students and professionals preparing to make a difference across the nation and the world. Job candidates with excellent written and spoken communication skills and a broad awareness of other cultures are in high demand among local, national and international employers.

That’s where the department of World Languages comes in. AACC is a leader among Maryland community colleges for the number of languages offered, as well as its knowledgeable and experienced faculty. The World Languages department offers high-quality, face-to-face credit language instruction in 15 modern and classical languages. It incorporates cultural competencies into the development of communication skills, giving students the tools to negotiate a variety of contexts in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner.

Choose among the following to learn a language and explore other cultures:

  • American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Arabic.
  • Chinese.
  • French.
  • German.
  • Greek.
  • Hebrew.
  • Italian.
  • Japanese.
  • Korean.
  • Latin.
  • Portuguese.
  • Russian.
  • Spanish.
  • Urdu.

Areas and Offerings

Students wishing to earn a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a world language should consider the Associate in Liberal Arts degree, as it offers the opportunity to develop language skills while pursuing a thorough liberal arts education in preparation for transfer into a language major at the university level.


Students with an excellent level of preparation in high school Spanish also may want to consider the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree in Spanish in the TEACH Institute.


The Department of World Languages also offers an A.A. Arts & Sciences – American Sign Language degree.

Learn more about this area of study.

What level should you take? 

Determining the placement or level of the language you wish to take is accomplished through Advising. However, the World Languages department chair is available to answer questions about individual courses.

It is not necessary to start with the first college level course if you have previous experience with the language. A rule of thumb for self-advising is that one year of high school language is equivalent of one term of a college level language. You may use your high school transcript or report card as documentation when you register for a language. The World Languages department chair also may sign your registration form if you wish to waive a prerequisite for a course.

Faculty and Staff

Academic Chair

Dawn Meissner, associate professor

Full-time Faculty

Scott Cooper, professor

Larry Gray, associate professor

Jodie Hogan, assistant professor

Khaled Sayed, assistant professor

Office Staff

Dana Persaud, office manager

Mary Armour-Kaiser, program assistant

Resources for Students

Latino Club

The Latino Club plans and provides entertainment through interesting meetings concerning the Latino community on and off campus. The club offers fun opportunities to build up members’ leadership skills by managing events such as Latin dance workshops, Latino parties to explore the culture more into details and more Latino-related events. The club also creates a place where Latino students can get together, while also offering them resources to make their college experience even better. One of the goals of the club is to help the wider community embrace the Latino culture in many ways, such as fun events, lectures or even dancing sessions. There are also Spanish speaking interaction meetings for those English speaking students who would like to put in practice their Spanish speaking skills. The club seeks to make an impact and have a presence at educational sessions, events or lectures that are meant for the Latino community around campus or even in Maryland.

Library Foreign Language Resources

The Truxal Library on the Arnold campus has a variety of untranslated literature in the permanent collection. You will find poetry, short stories, plays and novels in the languages you are studying. The information desk staff will help you locate these items. There are many language dictionaries in the Reference Area. Cassette tapes and CDs are available for use in the library and in some cases available for three-day checkout. Take advantage of these language learning tools.


Our students regularly compete for and win scholarships to study languages abroad. A number of our students have won scholarships recently to study Japanese at the Temple University Japan campus in Tokyo, and others have competed for and won U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarships to study Arabic and other critical languages throughout Asia and Eastern Europe.

Learn more about Scholarships.

Transfer Resources

The World Languages department has no formal language studies transfer agreements with other institutions of higher education, which is another reason why we recommend the A.A. in Liberal Arts, which does transfer to all Maryland colleges. Many of our students continue their language studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Towson University.

ASL students frequently continue on to bachelor’s degree programs at Gallaudet University, the Bachelor of Science in Deaf Studies program at Towson University, and the Master of Science in Deaf Education program at McDaniel College.

Learn more about AACC Transfer Services.


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School of Liberal Arts
World Languages

Dawn Meissner


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Tony McEachern, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

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World Languages

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