College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Majors, Minors and Other Opportunities

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Foreign Languages and Cultures has three options!

We also offer the B.A. in:

Undergraduate minors in:

We also offer elementary and intermediate instruction in Chinese and Japanese. We sponsor two popular study abroad programs: WISE-Spain and WISE-Costa Rica.

We encourage double majors in Foreign Languages and Cultures and another discipline. Joint curriculum sequences are available for the following programs:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • English
  • Journalism
  • History

Foreign Languages in the News

Language Learning is Essential for Understanding Global Perspectives

NBC Health Reports on Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism

CNN Money reports:   The hottest job skill is... (yes, you guessed it: knowledge of foreign languages!)

New York Post reports, "Speaking Two or More Languages Becoming Essential Skill."




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Resources for Students


German Coffee and Conversation Hour

We will schedule the time for the German "Kaffeestunde" during the second week of the 2014 fall semester, based on your input! Please check here again in early September or contact Dr. Gary Schmidt for more info at (309) 298-1558 or via email at

Japanese Club will be announced soon!

 Learn about Japanese culture, improve your Japanese speaking skills, and meet new people.

For information contact Wenhong Teel at (309)298-1232 or via email at

Spanish Tertulias (Spanish conversations)

Mondays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Casa Latina, located in the WIU Multicultural Center.

Tertulias are moderated by Native Hispanic Faculty members from the department, and are co-sponsored by the FLL Spanish Club and Casa Latina.

Tertulias are free of charge, and open to all WIU students, faculty, staff, and members of the Macomb community who wish to practice their Spanish language skills, no matter what level they are at.

For more information contact Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons, at (309) 298-1615 or via email at 

French Conversation Hour

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, located in MG Room 328.

For more information contact Dr. Edmond Asare, at (309) 298-1558 or via email at