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Department of World Languages and Cultures

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The requirement for the B.A. in Modern Languages, with a concentration in French or Spanish, is 36 semester hours above the elementary level. Required courses include classes in composition and conversation, one literature class, and one culture/civilization class. In addition, two courses in another language are required.

Proficiency in language skills must be demonstrated before graduation by completing successfully the ACTFL oral proficiency interview. For details of this requirement, see the statement in the current catalog.

Teacher certification programs are available in French and Spanish. A minor in French, German, or Spanish requires 18 semester hours above the elementary level, six of which must be above the 299-level.

The department encourages majors and minors to include a study abroad experience in their course of studies.  Read about the Global Learning Initiative for sample four-year plans and more information.

The department also sponsors study abroad programs on a rotating basis in countries such as Costa Rica, France, Germany, and Spain. Read more information about department-specific study abroad opportunities.

Languages offered as majors:  

  • French
  • Spanish

Languages offered as minors:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

General language classes offered:

  • Chinese
  • Italian

What's New?

French Major Featured in Winthrop Magazine

 In the fall edition of the Winthrop Magazine, French major, Camila Brito '17 was featured for her participation in the BMX World Championships. At the championships held this past summer, Camila interned as a translator in the medical tent. Learn more about Camila and her internship experience on page 10 of the Winthrop Magazine.

To learn more about how you can find an internship like Camila did, explore our career opportunities or talk to your advisor.

Congratulations, Araceli!

Araceli Amezcua-Reyes '17, a senior Spanish major, received a superior rating on the Oral Proficiency Interview! The superior rating is the highest score a student can receive on the proficiency evaluation. 

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Outstanding Student Work

This semester, Dr. Jepson's SPAN 201 students were asked to design a tri-fold brochure to highlight attractions and tourism information about a Spanish-speaking country. All of the students did amazing work, but these are a few of our favorites!

Spain - Breanna Boyd

Puerto Rico - Charity Moore

Argentina - Elle Sullivan

See more student work from other courses

 Learn More

Learn more about our department on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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