World Languages & Cultures

Students in Chile

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.