Foreign Languages and Cultures

Foreign languages taught at Western Illinois University include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Knowledge of other languages and cultures is the foundation for successful interaction with peers, colleagues, supervisors, employees, and friends from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. When you learn another language, you step outside the cognitive framework to which you are accustomed in order to understand people, events, and processes from a new perspective. Learning languages promotes appreciation and respect for cultural diversity, can increase your marketability to employers and graduate schools, and open the door to life-changing opportunities for study and work abroad. 

A Degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures

The University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Culture with Options in French, German, and Spanish. The major requires a minimum of 32 semester hours. 

Possible Careers

A degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures opens job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Social Services
  • Education

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • B.A.

Major: Yes

Minor: Yes

Graduate Degree: No

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors
  • Teacher Certification

Quick Links

Foreign Languages and Literatures Department

Brochure (PDF)

Undergraduate Catalog