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World Languages and Cultures
  • The Department of World Languages and Cultures has as its goals helping students to:

    1. Acquire the linguistic/cultural training they need to:
      • interact in an appropriate manner with native speakers of the language they are learning;
      • read and write about, with understanding, literature and other relevant materials written in the foreign language; and
      • realize vocational goals
    2. View themselves as citizens of the world
    3. Understand how one culture may be different from, while not being inferior to another.


    The department offers instruction in French, German and Spanish language, literature and culture; Russian and Latin.


    French Major
    Spanish Major  


    African American/African Studies Minor
    Ethnic Studies Minor
    French Minor
    Gender and Women's Studies Minor
    Spanish Minor  

    More Information

    About the Language Requirement
    Opportunities and Organizations
    The Language Lab
    Faculty Directory
    Online Course Bulletin and course requirements

    Double majors are common and encouraged. They may be two modern languages or one modern language and a major in another department. Students may take advantage of a variety of study abroad opportunities, which include the Capital-liaison arrangements with Central College, Alma College, the American Institute of Foreign Study, and the College Consortium for International Studies.

    The double major or minor is especially recommended for those students who would like to combine the study of a modern language with a major in another discipline in order to better prepare themselves for a variety of careers including international business, international relations, government, law and social work.

    Placement based on CAPE written and oral placement exams enables students to progress in their program as rapidly as proficiency permits. All members of the department have lived, studied, and traveled extensively abroad.