Bachelor's program in World Languages and Literatures

World Languages and Literatures majors and minors

The World Languages and Literatures Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Literatures, with majors in French and Spanish. Students may also complete minors in Chinese Studies, French, Japanese Studies and Spanish, as well as interdisciplinary minors in Basque Studies, International Affairs and Latin American Studies. In addition, the department offers a Minor of Translation in Spanish, to address the needs of students interested in Spanish translation and wishing to acquire a higher degree of competence in the field.



* Students may petition the Associate Dean to use a special related field in lieu of a minor. For example, a student may wish to complete a special related field in pre-law or pre-med, minors that are not recognized by the college or the university. Please contact the College of Liberal Arts general advising office to request relevant paperwork.

Reasons to study a world language

In addition to broadening your life experiences and your view of the world, studying another language has been shown to improve your general communication skills, your cognitive abilities and your critical thinking. Language study on your transcript gives you an edge in any career choice. Among other things, world language study offers a gateway to countries that trade with the United States. To compete in a global marketplace and to engage an increasingly diverse U.S. population, major industries, multinational corporations and many branches of government seek employees who speak more than just English. Even small local businesses, without global reach, know that applicants with foreign language skills are better qualified than those without them.

What can I do with a  major in a world language?

In addition to going into teaching, the following areas are looking for  leaders with a foreign language proficiency:

  • translation/interpretation
  • language analysis
  • linguistics
  • diplomacy
  • civil service
  • foreign service
  • immigration/naturalization
  • customs
  • intelligence
  • security and protection
  • law enforcement
  • journalism/broadcasting
  • public NGOs (Amnesty International, District Attorney, World Bank, Google, Yahoo)
  • language service providers