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Faculty & Staff

Department Chair & Administrative Staff

Hansjakob Werlen

Professor, German Studies Coordinator

German Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8612
  2. Kohlberg 307

Hansjakob Werlen's research interests are late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German literature and contemporary literature of German speaking countries, with a special focus on Switzerland. A member of the Tri-college Food Studies group, he also teaches courses on issues of taste and aesthetics.

Hansjakob Werlen

Suzanne McCarthy

Administrative Assistant

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures (Arabic and French Sections)

Department of Spanish


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8143
  2. Kohlberg 316

Bethanne Seufert

Administrative Assistant

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8679
  2. Kohlberg 316
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Language Study in the Age of Globalization

This brochure by the Modern Language Association is directed primarily to college students. It​ explains how knowing other languages enriches students’ personal lives, expands their range of professional opportunities, and increases their power to act as citizens of the world.


Language Center

The Language Center provides resources to enhance the study of foreign language, literature, and culture at Swarthmore College. Students have access to audio/video materials required for foreign language classes. The lab's resources include 12 Macbook Pros, 8 iMacs, an extensive library of foreign films, video cameras, and audio recorders. The space is a unique, adaptable, multimedia-friendly place to study, practice and develop language skills. 

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