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Languages for Specific Purposes

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 career.

Most of our LSP courses are approved courses for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 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

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.


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Students from SPAN 325: Spanish for Engineering and Technology visited Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana, in the Spring of 2022 and enjoyed a two hour tour of the plant.


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