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World languages and cultures is a dynamic program offering instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as courses in English about world cultures, literatures and translation studies. In our courses, students acquire the communicative language skills, cultural competency and analytical ability needed in order to be successful, active participants in the increasingly globalized and multicultural society in which we live.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate and Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees

  • World Languages and Culture

    BA
    Undergraduate

    Students choosing to major or double-major in world languages and cultures must choose a concentration in one of three languages: French, Italian, or Spanish. Each concentration in comprised of 12 courses in language, literature and/or culture, with interdisciplinary course options in the liberal arts concentration. All majors complete an experiential learning course (internship, community service placement, or travel-study project), as well as a senior seminar where students undertake a major research project on a topic of their choosing.bachelor of arts in world languages and cultures (WLC) that gives students the skills they need to communicate effectively in their chosen language, while also providing the cultural knowledge and analytical skills needed to be able to work in a multilingual setting.

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  • Spanish, Middle/High School Teacher Prep

    BA/M.Ed
    Combined Undergraduate + Graduate

    If you see yourself as a Spanish teacher, the dual degree 4+1 program is the way to get there. Major in Spanish and minor in education to reach your teaching goals.

Minors and Concentrations

  • Arabic Studies

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The minor in Arabic studies is comprised of six courses: four language courses (elementary and intermediate Arabic) plus two electives chosen from courses in history, geography, or additional advanced Arabic language courses.

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  • Chinese

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    Our minor in Chinese Studies prepares students to become active participants in an increasingly globalized and multicultural world and to be equipped for job opportunities. 

    Many students and professionals around the world are studying Chinese, which also means learning about Chinese culture and worldview. Learning the language is an essential tool in preparing oneself for careers in political science, international affairs, international business, economy, business, international law, and others.

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  • French

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The French program includes the study of French and Francophone cultures and literatures, in which you will develop sharp critical thinking ability, oral and written analytical skills, a comparative perspective on global affairs, cross-cultural awareness and the ability to work with diverse groups of people, a broad multidisciplinary knowledge base (including literature, history, art, politics, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, economics, and many more disciplines which intersect with French and Francophone cultures).

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  • German

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    Our German studies minor prepares students to become active participants in an increasingly globalized and multicultural world and equipped for personal and professional success. German is the world’s third largest exporting economy and a vital business partner with the United States. Significant corporate leaders are based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland—BMW, Bayer, Volkswagen, Adidas, Puma, Bosch, Hugo Boss, Löwenbräu, Beck’s, Red Bull, Lufthansa, Swatch, Lindt, Nestlé, TAG Heuer, Swarovski, and Steinway & Sons.

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  • Italian

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The Italian program will prepare you for your career in any number of fields where language skills, cross-cultural awareness and critical thinking are valued. 

    In addition to developing proficiency in speaking, reading and writing Italian, the program also includes the study of Italian culture and literature, in which you will develop sharp critical thinking ability, oral and written analytical skills, a comparative perspective on global affairs, cross-cultural awareness and the ability to work with diverse groups of people, a broad multidisciplinary knowledge base (including literature, history, art, politics, economics, and many more disciplines which intersects with Italian culture).

     

  • Spanish

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    Spanish is the language of over 400 million people in over 20 countries and the second most spoken language in the US. Hispanics have recently become the largest minority in our country and will comprise a quarter of the US population in just a few decades. For these reasons Spanish is the most studied foreign language in the country and there is a high demand for people who can communicate in Spanish, as well as for people who can teach it.

    A Spanish minor can result in employment opportunities in many areas such as business, government, and social services, besides teaching, translating and interpreting. Also, it will give you a competitive edge in the job market no matter what your major is!

  • World Languages

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    The minor in world languages consists of six courses in any two languages offered by the department.

  • Spanish

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    Our liberal arts concentration includes interdisciplinary course options in other departments, such as history, sociology and political science to give students a well-rounded educational experience. This concentration is designed to be flexible, for students who are double-majoring or who plan to go to graduate school in the arts and sciences.

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  • French

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The French concentration consists of 12 courses, including some interdisciplinary course options in other departments like art, history, geography, philosophy, and political science. All world languages and cultures majors complete an experiential learning course (internship, service-learning, or travel-study project) as well as a senior seminar where students undertake a major research project on a topic of their choosing.

  • Italian

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The world languages and cultures major with an Italian concentration is comprised of 12 courses (36 credits) including interdisciplinary course options in other departments like art, history and political science. All majors complete an experiential learning course (internship, service-learning, or travel-study project) and a senior seminar in which students complete a major research project on a topic of their choosing.

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  • Spanish, Professional Concentration

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    This track is designed for those who will use Spanish in a professional field, such business, law, health services, social services, and technical professions and includes courses in translation and interpretation, as well as advanced language and culture courses.

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Graduate Degrees

Certificates and Licensure Programs

  • Translation

    Certificate
    Undergraduate

    This program will introduce students to the important field of translation and allow students to develop and ultimately to demonstrate competency in essential translation skills. The sequence of courses will also provide students with an understanding of the skills needed to become professionally certified translators and/or to work as salaried or freelance translators. Students will complete translation projects and will compile a professional portfolio by the end of the certificate program.

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