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World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is home to a wide variety of quality programs and exciting opportunities. With offerings in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish, the department plays a crucial role in providing the basic foreign language component for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Both the major and the minor include advanced coursework in language, literature, culture and linguistics, as well as innovative capstone experiences in French, German, Russian or Spanish.

World languages, literatures and linguistics students participate in internationally recognized study abroad programs. They spend a summer, a semester or even a year earning credits and gaining experience in countries like France, Germany, Spain and Mexico. In addition to regular courses and study abroad, students off campus enroll in increasing numbers in the department’s online and distance-learning courses. Small class sizes and an array of student groups, honor societies, and language clubs all contribute to a congenial atmosphere.

Within the degree program, a major can be selected from the following topics: French, German, Spanish, Russian Studies, Italian Studies or Chinese Studies. 

As a world languages, literatures and linguistics student you will:
  • Explore other cultures and how they communicate.
  • Expand your language knowledge in a linguistically diverse environment.
  • Experience literature from a variety of perspective.
  • Examine languages from different theoretical frameworks.
  • Become immersed in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

How will I focus my studies?

Coursework is offered in foreign literature and cultures, linguistics and languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin (Classics), Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers several minors for students in all majors.

Foreign Literature in Translation
World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Studies
Teaching English as a Second Language

Emily Morgan, Frederick, Md.

Major: World Languages (Chinese) and Biology
Emily Morgan
One of Emily’s most memorable experiences was participating in the Critical Language Scholarship program. “With help from the ASPIRE Office, I was awarded a competitive national scholarship to study abroad for two months in China at no cost. My language skills improved significantly, and I Ioved staying in a beautiful city with so much traditional Chinese architecture. I made some very good friends I still stay in touch with two years later!” A current graduate student in public health, Emily hopes to work in the field of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. In particular, she aspires to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization to respond to incidents on an international scale.

Learn more at the World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics site