Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Gardner-Webb’s Department of World Languages, Literature, and Culture is dedicated to helping our students develop meaningful communication skills in an atmosphere of liberal arts inquiry and Christian values. We see learning another language as a valuable way to connect, share, and express our values and exploring another culture as an important way of expanding horizons.


Studying a foreign language can be enjoyable and help you succeed in a wide variety of capacities. If you know about the culture, people, and language of another country, you will be able to travel much more easily.


According to the Modern Language Association, a second language is necessary in more than sixty occupations. More and more companies are beginning to work in the international market, and they are setting up plants in other countries. Having the knowledge of a second language looks great on job applications and makes you more marketable after graduation.


Studying a second language can help improve your skills and grades in English and mathematics. It can also improve your analytical and interpretative skills. Your graduate school entrance exam scores may also be higher (GRE, MCAT, LSAT).


Major fields of study:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • English as a Second Language with Teacher Licensure
  • French with Teacher Licensure
  • Spanish with Teacher Licensure
  • World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish


Students who plan to major in a world language should take 101 and 102 during their first year of study in order to stay in sequence for graduation.


Minor fields of study:

  • American Sign Language
  • Classical Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Interpreting (available only to students majoring in ASL)
  • Spanish
  • World Languages


General Studies requirements include three semester of world language classes that students must begin by their fourth semester of study. It is highly recommended to take all language courses in a sequence without skipping a semester.



“The mission of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is to teach students communicative skills in a world language through a curriculum which emphasizes a liberal philosophy and Christian values and, ultimately, produces graduates who have an appreciation and knowledge of another culture, its language, and its literature.”



Within the core curriculum to:

  • Provide students an opportunity to gain a basic understanding and comprehension of the language of choice,
  • Help students understand and experience the challenges of learning a second language and its culture.


Within the department’s major and minor course of study to:

  • Produce graduates who are proficient in speaking, reading, and writing (and signing) the specific language,
  • Familiarize students with the culture, literature, and history associated with the language of choice




Dr. Mary High

Phone: (704) 406-4418




Dr. Tamara Cox

Phone: (704) 406-4499




Dr. Tamara Cox

Phone: (704) 406-4499


Phone: (704) 406-4499


German Studies

Dr. Bernhard Martin

Phone: (704) 406-4415




Dr. Ben Coates

Phone: (704) 406-3991


  • Study Abroad