The Department of World Languages and Cultures

serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of world literature and cultures, to teach world languages as a means of communication, and to prepare students for academic careers and opportunities available in the field of international business.

As part of a dynamic urban university in a city of growing international awareness and status, the department is fulfilling its responsibility to meet the increasing foreign language needs of the governmental, business, and professional communities.  The Department of World Languages and Cultures recognizes that an active command of the language and a thorough exploration of the culture form an essential basis for further study in its curriculum.

To this end, the department maintains a state-of-the-art multimedia Center for International Resources & Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE) and sponsors several study-abroad programs.  The department is also a testing center for diplomas certifying proficiency in business language and procedures. These diplomas are granted by chambers of commerce in various countries.  The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers elementary and intermediate classes in the following languages:


Arabic Japanese
Chinese          Korean
French Spanish


American Sign Language is offered by the College of Education and Human Development.

Please note that due to necessary minimum enrollment policies, it is possible that not all classes of any given sequence can be offered in direct succession.