World Languages & Cultures

Students in Chile

Welcome to the Department of World Languages and Cultures

Founded in 1947 as Modern Languages, the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) is a community of scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service to local and global communities. Through innovative and substantive pedagogies, the Department seeks to promote student understanding of the linguistic and cultural subject matters it teaches. We prepare students to acquire proficiency in world languages at all levels and enhance the students' effective communication, creativity, critical thinking, greater awareness of the world's peoples, and interpersonal skills, as well as their understanding of their own language. We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of intellectual exploration and exchange in order to develop students' research interests and abilities. Through teaching, applied learning, service, and research, we serve as a bridge connecting local, regional, and international concerns.

We offer B.A. degrees in French, French with Teacher Licensure, German Studies, Spanish, and Spanish with Teacher Licensure, as well as academic minors in Classical Studies, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Russian Studies and Spanish. Courses also include the study of American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, and Italian. At the graduate level we provide opportunities for a Certificate Program in Spanish, a Master of Arts in Spanish, and a 3+2 Bachelor/Master combination. Beyond campus, the Department continues its collaboration with the NC World Language Exchange, providing language courses across the UNC system.

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
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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.

Spanish for the Online Accelerated Program (OAP)

Past Achievements