Bachelor of Arts in World Languages & Cultures

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The Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures (WLC), with separate tracks in French, German, Romance Languages, or Spanish, is a comprehensive liberal arts degree in the language, literature, and culture of the student’s choosing. Students (non-native and native speakers) will develop thorough linguistic proficiency in combination with analytical and critical skills that will allow them to function effectively in multiple interlingual, cross-cultural contexts.

The B.A. in WLC affords students the opportunity to read and study great writers, thinkers and artists in their original language: Virgil, Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, Fellini, Ferrante, Rabelais, Montaigne, Voltaire, Rousseau, Camus, Beauvoir, Renoir, Godard, Truffaut, Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kafka, Lang, Dürer, Ernst, Klee, Cervantes, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Darío, Neruda, Allende, Buñuel, Almodóvar, del Toro, Picasso, Kahlo, Velázquez, Rivera, Dalí. Don’t settle for someone else’s translations, give yourself the skills and tools to practice translation yourself. All of our language majors have the opportunity to take courses in translation, or literary study, or linguistics, or cultures

Majors are given the flexibility to follow their specific interests in this degree that leads to careers in international affairs, academics, law, diplomacy, medicine, science, hospitality, communications, travel, fashion, business, politics, journalism and the arts.

Available Options

  • French
  • German
  • Romance Languages
  • Spanish

Accreditation

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Learning Outcomes

Communication

  • Students will be able to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Students will be able to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Students will be able to present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products (artifacts) and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Connections

  • Students will be able to reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.
  • Students will be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities

  • Students will be able to use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Students will be able to show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Career Possibilities

French

200 million people in over 50 countries across 5 continents speak French. France is one of the world’s largest economies, and French-speaking European countries include Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco.

French is the official language of business and trade in over two dozen African countries.

It is also an official language of Canada, a major U.S. trading partner. Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, and U.S.-Canadian trade is the largest two-way trade in the world. Over 2,400 French companies employ nearly 650,000 workers throughout the U.S.

France and the U.S. have long shared aerospace technology. French astronauts participate in U.S. space flights and the French Ariane rocket has launched American satellites. France has the world’s second largest aeronautics industry, and all U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are made by Aerospatiale in Toulouse.

France plays a major international role in medicine and science. The greater Paris area has the highest concentration of mathematicians in the world. The Human Genome Project is located in Paris.

German

German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union. As a world leader in green technologies, Germany is a major contributor to research and development in many STEM fields: a significant reason why German is the second most commonly used scientific language worldwide.

Ranked fourth by number of language learners worldwide, German trails only English, Chinese and French, and has about the same number of language learners as Spanish. German provides a path of entry into business, the military, government agencies and the arts, as well as graduate, law and medical schools.

Even with its global reach, Germany maintains a strong economic relationship with the United States, and is the largest European trading partner of the U.S. Further, the Germans, Austrians and Swiss spend more on tourism than any other nationalities. Wherever they travel, they appreciate being welcomed by German speakers in hospitality and travel, opening numerous career opportunities in these sectors.

Romance Languages

Speakers of more than one language often have linguistic, cognitive, and cultural advantages over monolingual speakers. Italy is one of the seven most industrialized countries, making knowledge of Italian language and culture advantageous in a broad range of careers, such as international business, journalism, politics and tourism.

Italian is a principal language of the arts, including opera, cuisine, cinema, and fashion. Italy is the cradle of Western civilization, and a recent UNESCO report states that over 60% of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. Musicians and opera singers consider Italian a key professional skill.

Italy has the eighth largest economy in the world, and is a leader in the manufacture of high-end products. Over 7,000 American firms do business with Italy and over 1,000 U.S. firms (Chrysler, General Electric, AT&T, Motorola, IBM, Citibank) have offices in Italy. Milan is a fashion hub (Versace, Gucci, Armani, Prada), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has its headquarters in Rome.

Sixty percent of English vocabulary is Latin-based, and learning one or more Romance languages enhances English-language skills.

Spanish

Spanish is the second language of the U.S., the second most-spoken language by native speakers in the world, and one of the five diplomatic languages of the United Nations. Spanish is also an official language of the European Union, and of the World Trade Organization. Four G20 countries are Spanish speaking.

From Thomas Jefferson to today, diplomats, politicians and global commercial interests have recognized the importance of existing and emerging markets in the Spanish-speaking Americas. In a recent report on languages, the British Council states that demand for Spanish in all areas of human activity exceeds that for any other language. For postgraduate studies in medicine, law, or any other field, Spanish bilingualism is an advantage for your application.

The cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries have enriched the world for centuries. The U.S. founding fathers used imagery from Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote – specifically, tilting at windmills – to describe their efforts to write the U. S. Constitution. Why not read the first modern novel in the original Spanish, as Jefferson did and as he encouraged his family members to do?

The U.S. government has consistent openings for Spanish-speaking diplomats, attachés, translators, and interpreters. Commercial banks, internet providers, travel agencies, the hospitality sector: all employers find Spanish bilingualism an advantage on a job application.

Travel to the beaches of Cancún or Ibiza, climb the pyramids of Chichen Iztá or Teotihuacan, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, ascend to the 15th century Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, visit Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands. Or, use your mastery of English and Spanish to work in those Spanish-speaking places. In every conceivable field of endeavor, Spanish improves your chances of success.

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Department of World Languages and Cultures

With its emphasis on linguistic, cultural and critical skills, the foreign language curriculum provides students the essential skills needed to understand other cultures and to pursue careers in an increasingly global environment.

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