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World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

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Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
phone: 304-293-5121

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Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
phone: 304-293-5121

Program Details

Program Description

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is home to a wide variety of quality programs and exciting opportunities. With offerings in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish, the department plays a crucial role in providing the basic foreign language component for the bachelor of arts degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Both the major and the minor include advanced course work in language, literature, culture and linguistics, as well as innovative capstone experiences in French, German, Russian or Spanish.

Students in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics participate in internationally recognized study abroad programs. They spend a summer, a semester or even a year earning credits and gaining experience in countries like France, Germany, Spain and Mexico. In addition to regular courses and study abroad, students off campus enroll in increasing numbers in the department’s online and distance-learning courses. Small class sizes and an array of student groups, honor societies, and language clubs all contribute to a congenial atmosphere.

Within the degree program, a major can be selected from the following topics: French, German, Spanish, Russian Studies, Italian Studies or Chinese Studies. Students interested in teaching may work in tandem with the College of Education and Human Services to receive a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and a master’s degree in education in only five years.

Career Profile

The wealth of cultures and languages in the department allows it to assist students in broadening their cultural horizons and honing their communication skills. Since the kind of learning this involves is easily transferable to many fields and occupations, majors go on to success in a wide variety of professional endeavors. In today’s increasingly global economy, students of world languages use their skills in communication, critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding in many areas, including teaching, business, government, foreign service, national security, journalism, public relations, law, medicine, computer science, Web design and scientific research.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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