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Image of David Banas David Banas '16

History & Mathematics major; German minor
David Banas is pursuing his PhD in History at Central Michigan University. He believes that studying a foreign language is paramount to one’s success in academia.


Ren Crudele '20

Image of Ren Crudele

French and Cultural and Global Studies

While stepping out of her comfort zone so far from home was a daunting idea at times, Ren Crudele, a double-major in French and Cultural and Global Studies, spent her first year at CMU exploring and discovering organizations, communities and places she could call her own.


​Caitlin Crutcher, '20Caitlin Crutcher

Communication major; Spanish minor
Caitlin knew she wanted to have as many experiences as possible. So, she jumped right into campus life at CMU and started attending events during her freshman year.



Image of Mane Gomez Mane Gomez '18

Spanish major
​As a first-generation college student, just stepping foot on a college campus was a success for Emmanuel "Mane" Patiño Gómez. But he didn't stop there. During his time at CMU, Mane took advantage of many unique opportunities available to students.


Image of Mike Griffin Mike Griffin '11

German & History major
Mike Griffin is teaching German (and occasionally history) at Romeo High School in Romeo, MI. He credits his semester abroad in Bielefeld, Germany, with improving his German language proficiency enough to have it be the focal point of my professional skills.


​Troy Guinn, '20​

Troy GuinnAccounting and Law & Economics major; 
Spanish minor

Troy Guinn never planned on going to college. He also never planned on spending a semester abroad in Barcelona, becoming involved with two fraternities or starting a business. While the opportunities at CMU have equipped Troy with the tools he needs to grow and succeed, he says he is most grateful for the people at CMU.

Image of Audrey Schumacher.Audrey Schumacher

Audrey Schumacher has worked in Germany for the past seven years. She says Central Michigan University’s German program "helped me master the concepts I needed to feel confident in my German speaking and writing skills."



Davi​d Sellinger '14​

David SellingerGerman & French major
While at CMU, David Sellinger loved his classes in World Languages. He loved them so much that majored in both French and German, and is now in graduate school for German. He sums up the surprise experience in World Languages nicely:

​“In my freshman year I fully intended on going into something completely different. My father was a computer programmer, and I figured I liked programming enough that I would go into that as well. But literally my first ever class in college was German 101—and it only took a week or two to figure out that I wanted to completely switch what I was originally was going to do so that I could teach German instead. And I haven’t looked back since.”


Image of Deyonko Thomas Deyonko Thom​as ​'15

International Business major; Japanese Language Proficiency, N2 Certification

Deyonko Thomas is teaching English at an elementary school in Japan. While at CMU, he completed an intensive language program in Hikone, Japan, for one semester.



Jami Watson '17

Jami Watson French major; Political Science minor​​
First-generation French major Jami Watson knows how to make the most of her education here at CMU. After a semester-long study abroad in Angers, France for her major, she is preparing to study abroad in Japan during her last semester at CMU. What does Jami plan on doing after CMU? She’s aiming to put all of her work in French, Japanese and political science together in a graduate program in the U.S. or in France in intercultural communications. From there, she is looking to work in diplomacy.​

“(The Department of World Languages) has given me so many tools in preparing for my future. The professors not only help with in-class learning but also spend enormous amounts of time mentoring and guiding students to success outside of class.”