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Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)

In this new era of world communications and cross-cultural interactions, students need to be ready for professions that require specific intercultural skills and language competencies.  

The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) offers more than a dozen language courses in the area of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP). These courses address the needs of language students in specialized professional fields and focus on business, science, medicine, engineering, agriculture, and translation and interpreting.

Through the study of specialized vocabulary and by participating in hands-on activities such as role-playing, students acquire the language skills needed to conduct business, interact with patients or clients, or take part in other formal situations in their future careers.

Most of our LSP courses are approved courses for the  , a credential similar to a minor.

For more information, please contact LSP Co-Directors Marc Rathmann ( ) and Cecilia Tenorio ( ).

The Engineering Through a Humanistic Lens Series

The  Engineering Through a Humanistic Lens Series is a collection of lectures and panel discussions that is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project “Integrating the Humanities and Global Engineering” (AKA-270141-20) at Purdue University. The project is a collaboration between the School of Languages and Cultures and the Office of Professional Practice/ Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE). The project aims to enhance the education and preparation of global engineers through an expanded role of the humanities (e.g., language, culture, history, sociology, philosophy).

Videos from the Speaker and Discussion series (November 2021)



Undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue a Minor in Business French, a Minor in Spanish for the Professions, or a Certificate in German for Specialized Purposes.

News and events

Students from SPAN 325 (Spanish for Engineering and Technology) and GER 323 (German IV: Science and Engineering) visited the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette during the spring semester of 2023.