World Languages, B.A.

The department offers a B.A. degree in World Languages with a concentration in French or Spanish.

French Degree Plan French Suggested Course of Study
Spanish Degree Plan Spanish Suggested Course of Study

Our Mission

To prepare students for living in and contributing to the global community with language skills and cultural awareness

Department Philosophy

Courses focus on fostering communication in our students. Emphasizing the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, instructors also promote cultural awareness at all levels. Upper-division courses promote further linguistic progress while developing critical thinking through the analytic study of literatures and cultures outside the U.S.

Why Study French?

Outside of France, French is one of the official languages of Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Canada, and the official and diplomatic language of many countries in Africa, French territories in the Caribbean and in the Pacific. French is also spoken in Louisiana and parts of New England.

French culture, particularly that aspect of it known as the Enlightenment, was influential in shaping our own democracy in the 18th century. It is the language of philosophy, gastronomy, art, fashion and science. Today, France is a leading world economy in the fields of aeronautics, space-travel and communication technology. In today’s global economy, language competence and an awareness of cultural diversity are essential for a career in international business.

  • Be understood in over 55 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
  • Get a head start on learning other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
  • Develop critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which improves performance on standardized tests.
  • Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture, literature, scientific innovation, and technology.
  • Discover a new appreciation for other cultures in countries that speak French like Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and many African nations.
  • Use French to pursue studies in Francophone countries.
  • Promote language diversity throughout the world.
  • Be more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, transportation technologies, global/international distribution and luxury goods.
  • French is the official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
  • European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!
Why Study Spanish?

More than 350 million people speak Spanish throughout the world. Spanish is the official language of Spain, Mexico, six Central American countries, three Caribbean countries, nine South American countries and Equatorial Guinea in Africa. Spanish is also widely spoken throughout the United States.

Spanish is a vital language of international trade, and its importance continues to grow. Language competence and an awareness of cultural diversity are considered essential for a career in international business. Many American companies have dealings with Mexico as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and with Spain, whose economy is one of the fastest-growing in Europe.

Other opportunities for students majoring or minoring in Spanish include teaching, social work, and federal government jobs.


The minor in FL consists of 12 credit hours of courses numbered 300 of higher in the target language. Students wishing to declare a major or minor in a foreign language must consult with an advising professor in the Foreign Languages Program.

World Language Newsletter

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Fall 2017 – Volume 9, Issue 1