Program Description

Foreign Language affords the learner an in-depth view of a culture and language that will help the student to transcend his or her own cultural boundaries. In an increasingly globalized environment, Foreign Language is the primary tool to unlock cultural differences and facilitate egalitarian communication among nations. Aside from being the hallmark of any well-educated person, Foreign Language study will also enhance and deepen the student’s understanding of his or her own language. Merced College currently offers majors in French, German, and Spanish; a Hmong major will be available in the near future.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Foreign Languages:

Foreign Language Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Mara Colomer-Flores Professor of Spanish IAC-A-225 
(209) 384-6384
Caroline Kreide, PhD Professor of German & Spanish IAC-A-221
(209) 384-6317
Natalie Sobalvarro Professor of Spanish / Faculty Co-Lead IAC-A-224
(209) 381-6536

Part-Time Foreign Languages Faculty

American Sign Language