Your Spanish major will help you develop advanced skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You’ll get to explore history, literature, culture, and even films of the Spanish-speaking world.

A GWU world languages student

With a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, you will be able to speak, read, write and understand the culture of one of three language concentrations (French, German Studies, Spanish), preparing you to apply that knowledge in a wide range of careers in the United States and abroad.

Undergraduate Admissions

Today, we are living in a world that is highly interconnected via commerce, travel, media and the Internet. We are more than ever exposed to other languages, biographies, customs, histories and cultures. In order to understand world affairs and participate meaningfully in inter-cultural communication students need not only to learn a foreign language and to study its literature, culture and history, they also need to develop an inter-cultural competence. The study of foreign languages, their literatures and cultures expands their cultural horizon, sharpens their linguistic skills, and offers them the excitement of inter-cultural communication.

Your degree in World languages, Literatures, and Cultures with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish and the language proficiency and intercultural competence you will acquire will prepare you for exciting opportunities in many fields. The study of foreign languages, their literatures and cultures expands your cultural horizon, sharpens your linguistic skills, and offers you the excitement of inter-cultural communication. In addition, by learning another language and studying another culture, you will arrive at a deeper understanding of your very own culture. An intercultural competence will increase students’ marketability in fields such as business, education, the medical and legal professions, missions, media, tourism, politics, and many more areas that demand cultural literacy and inter-cultural communication skills.

A major in World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (WLLC) with concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish consists of 42 hours above the FREN 101 and 102; GERM 101 and 102; and SPAN 101 and 102 levels. The major consists of courses in four (4) tiers:

  1. Foundation courses (9 hours) – an introduction into the relevant fields of their major (linguistics, intercultural communication, literature and film studies.
  2. Language, literature, and culture courses taught in the target language (21 hours) - these courses will be taken by students of a specific concentration.
  3. Comparative courses (9 hours) – these courses will be taken by students of all concentrations.
  4. Capstone (3 hours) – a senior seminar focusing on the exploration, research, development, and presentation of a major research and analytical essay on a subject appropriate to the major (fall semester, senior year). The essay will be presented at a conference in the following spring semester.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers minors in American Sign Language, Classical Languages, French, Intercultural Communication, Interpreting (available only to students majoring in American Sign Language), Spanish, and World Languages.  Click here for more information about minors available in our department.

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