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  • World Languages & Cultures SCHOLARSHIPS 2016-2017
    Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016
  • Derrick Miller was awarded a Summer Pedagogy Development Stipend from the Center for Teaching Excellence for his project, "Study of Core Courses and Requirements for World Languages Umbrella Degrees."
  • Drs. Boomershine and Randolph will be taking a group of Spanish teachers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates to Santiago, Dominican Republic during July 2016.
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  • Dr. Scott Juall has been awarded funding from the International Programs Advisory Committee towards his expenses to France.
  • Dr. Amanda Boomershine's SPN 490: Service learning and research class (Fall 2015) conducted oral history interviews that can be viewed on the UNCW Randall Library as a digital collection entitled: Somos NC: Voices from the North Carolina's Latino Community.
  • Dr. Emmanuel Harris and student Jasmine Beck have been awarded $3,500 in funding by ETEAL for their SURCA project to take place in Spring 2016.

  • UNCW student, Niklas Hammond finishes his applied learning at the Centre d'Etudes Internationales et Europeennes (CEIE) / University of Strasbourg Research Institute for International Relations and European Studies.
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  • Dr. Pascale Barthe has been awarded the prestigious Charles L. Cahill Award for Faculty Research and Development for her project “Tales of Empires: Seventeenth-Century French Travelers In Persia and India.”
  • Dr. Emmanuel Harris, II has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring of students.
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  • Dr. Amanda Boomershine received funding from ETEAL for her proposal to guide SPN 305 students in collecting data and examining the necessities for making Wilmington a more integrated community!
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  • Nella Jara and Bill Atwill (from English) were recognized Friday, October 23rd, as distinguished faculty of the year by the honor students and were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma as Honorary lifetime members.
  • Olivia Causby received one of two $2,500 travel awards for staff from the Office of International Programs to support her attendance to an international conference in Greece.

  • At the MIFLC banquet in Charleston, SC this past weekend, Dr. Amrita Das was awarded the Estudio Sampere-Leonor A. Ulloa Scholarshipfor a four-week course of study in July 2016 in Madrid.
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  • Amanda Boomershine is the featured profile in the SWOOP newsletter in the We Are UNCW section. Congratulations, Amanda!
  • Michael Gordon received an OIP (Office of International Programs) Faculty Travel Grant to conduct research in Madrid next summer for his book project entitled, "The Jews of Spain: Yesterday and Tomorow."
  • Ashlee S. Balena won this year’s Excellence in e-Learning Award and will be headlining the faculty showcase in the spring. She is also working with CIE (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) on a project proposal involving professional filming of her teaching methodologies in Intermediate Spanish Online.

  • Alumni News: Adam Laughter moved to Lima, Peru in 2015 to join the MEDLIFE team as a Volunteer Coordinator. He is excited to be working with our volunteers and students as they seek to improve the quality of life for our MEDLIFE patients.
  • Ellie Schott, graduate student in Spanish,was awarded a Brauer Fellowship to support travel to Mexico City and Oaxaca state to conductfield research intoMexican music and political activism.
  • Drs. Amanda Boomershine and Amrita Das have received the NEH/ALA Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant, a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group. Read More
  • Dr. Emmanuel Harris II published The Trayvon Martin in US: An American Tragedy, co-edited by Antonio D. Tillis. Dr. Harris is a professor of Spanish and Africana Studies. The Upperman African American Cultural Center held a public book talk for his publication on February 25, 2015. Read More
  • Dr. Amrita Das’s book chapter “Daniel Alarcón’s Lima: Articulation of Transnationalism through a Discursive and Geographical Space” appeared in Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space (2015) edited by Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez. Read More
  • Dr. Christopher Dennis has been invited to be a guest speaker at the 13th Annual Africana Studies Conference: “Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora" at UNCC, April 30-May 2. Read More

Welcome to the Department of World Languages and Cultures

Home to the teaching and research of languages and associated cultures, The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences has officially changed its name to The Department of World Languages and Cultures. “The name better reflects the status and variety of languages and cultures studied by our faculty and students, just as it illustrates our department’s growth,” said Michelle Scatton-Tessier, Chair of the Department. Founded in 1947 as Modern Languages, The Department now offers undergraduate degrees and minors in French, German Studies, and Spanish and a graduate degree in Spanish as well as minors in Classical Studies, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and Russian, with a pending proposal for a minor in Japanese Studies. Courses also include the study of American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, and Italian. Beyond campus, the Department continues its collaboration with the NC World Language Exchange, offering language study across the UNC system.

We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish, Spanish with Teacher Licensure, French, French with Teacher Licensure, and German Studies. On the graduate level we offer a Certificate Program in Spanish, a Master of Arts in Spanish, and a 3+2 Bachelor/Master combination. Additionally students can minor in Spanish, French, German, and Russian Studies.

University Studies Requirement Fulfillments

These degree programs are the core of our mission, and yet we contribute a wide array of courses for students to fulfill the University Studies Requirements in the following components:

  • Foreign Language
  • Aesthetic, Interpretive & Literary
  • Living in a Global Society
  • Living in our Diverse Nation
  • Writing Intensive
  • Explorations Beyond the Classroom
  • Transdisciplinary Clusters
  • Capstone Courses

World Languages Offered

Students can fulfill their foreign language requirement in our department with courses in:

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Recently, in cooperation with NCSU, we have offered Hindi-Urdu and Ancient Greek.

Many of our language programs have active student language clubs, and our faculty members develop and accompany students abroad in Chile, France, Germany, and Spain. We are proud that we successfully meet UNCW's goal of preparing students to become global citizens.

Degree Audit Language Requirements

Undergraduate students have many questions concerning their foreign language requirement statement on their degree audit. Learn more in-depth details about the FL Requirements.

Language Placement Exam

Undergraduate students wanting to continue the study of a language previously studied must take the FL Placement Exam to be placed into the correct level.

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