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Telephone: 256.824.1022
Email: goebelr@uah.edu

The World Languages and Cultures department offers the following degree programs:

Introduction

The acquisition of a second language, and through it an understanding of another country's culture, is a rich academic experience for all students, not only in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, but also in business, education, nursing, the natural sciences, and engineering. Knowing how to communicate effectively in another language significantly enhances one's career opportunities and contributions as a citizen. This page provides an overview of the academic offerings of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. 

Mission Statement

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is dedicated to teaching students the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary for succeeding in today's multilingual world of cultural diversity, global markets, political interdependence, and international scientific and cultural collaboration. Within the B.A. in Foreign Languages, students may choose French, German, Russian, or Spanish as a focus language, and may also concentrate in Foreign Language and International Trade. Minors and foreign language teacher certification are also offered, while Arabic, Japanese, and Latin can be taken at the introductory and intermediate levels. Language clubs and extracurricular activities contribute to a rich campus life. Domestic and international internships give students a professional experience that greatly enhances their career opportunities after graduation.

The Department offers an integrated curriculum comprising the teaching of linguistic proficiency and the promotion of a critical awareness of other cultures. In these efforts, the Department is aided by its state-of-the arts digital Multimedia Center. Committed to the integrated triad of teaching, research, and service in the areas of world languages, literatures and other cultural media, such as film, in their historical, social, and interdisciplinary contexts, the Department promotes academic pluralism by fostering a variety of interpretive and pedagogical approaches.

By virtue of its commitment to the highest standards in teaching, research, and service, the Department of World Languages and Cultures aims to uphold and further strengthen the national and international standing of UAH.

Languages Offered

Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers the B.A. in Foreign Languages. A student may choose a focus language of French, German, Russian, or Spanish, and may also concentrate in Foreign Language and International Trade (in cooperation with the College of Business). Arabic, Japanese, Greek, and Latin cannot be taken as majors or minors, but can be taken to satisfy the language requirement or as electives.  

General Education Requirements and Placement Procedures

Three semester hours of credit in one foreign language are required for the B.A., unless the student can demonstrate a competence at a level more advanced than the beginning 101 course. The introductory sequence begins in the fall and continues in the spring semester so that students can complete the 6 semester hour general education requirements in one academic year. Native and quasi-native speakers of foreign language may not take introductory and intermediate courses, nor the first advanced conversation course in that language. Students in this category must make an appointment with the appropriate language coordinator to take a departmental placement examination. They must still take a minimum of three additional semester hours of course work to complete General Education Requirements.

Placement Procedures

Students with prior world language experience and heritage speakers may be placed into a higher course by taking the standardized Web Cape International Foreign Language Placement Exam, or the CLEP or AP exams. Students must still take a minimum of three (3) additional semester hours of course work in the language to complete General Education Requirements. Native speakers of a world language may not take introductory and intermediate courses.

If students wish to major or minor in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, they may take the placement exams to test out of a maximum of twelve (12) hours of course work (WLC 101, 102, 201, 202).

After taking the Web Cape test, students majoring or minoring in a world language will be placed in an appropriate higher language course. They receive credit hours, without grade/quality points, for the two (2) highest elementary/intermediate language courses as is appropriate. If students test out of more than 6 hours, the remaining courses will be waived. 

All students, irrespective of language background and placement, must take all remaining upper-level coursework to complete the major or minor. 

High School Experience

Students who studied a world language in high school will be placed according to the following scale:

Placement Level Language in High School Courses to be Taken to Satisfy Requirements
1st level (101)0-2 units1101, 102 (3 semester hours each)
2nd level (201)3-4 units201, 202 (3 semester hours each)
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Minimum grade of C required for a unit to be counted.

If an interval of two years or more occurs between study of a language in high school and continuation of that language in college, placement levels may be adjusted downward to entry level.

Advanced Placement Examination

The Department will award credit to students who have earned a score of three or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board according to the following scale:

  • Score of 3: 6 semester hours credit (i.e. through 102, 3 semester hours each course)
  • Score of 4: 12 semester hours credit (through 202)
  • Score of 5: 15 semester hours credit (through 301)

The credit thus awarded will be recorded without grades or quality points and will not therefore, be included in the calculation of the grade point average. Moreover, regardless of the student's AP score, he or she will be required to complete successfully one additional course (3 semester hours) of the appropriate language.

Minors in Foreign Languages and Literatures

Certificate in Foreign Language and Global Engagement

WLC 101A - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101C - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:CHINESE

Semester Hours: 5

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101F - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101G - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101J - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101N - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:LATIN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101R - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 101S - INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. No prerequisites. Offered Fall.

WLC 102A - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102C - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:CHINESE

Semester Hours: 5

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102F - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102G - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102J - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102N - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:LATIN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102R - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 102S - INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches beginning listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 101 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 199F - SPECIAL TOPICS

Semester Hours: 3

Study of special topics in foreign language, literature, or culture on campus or abroad. Prerequisites: Placement by exam.

WLC 199G - SPECIAL TOPICS

Semester Hours: 3

Study of special topics in foreign language, literature, or culture on campus or abroad. Prerequisites: Placement by exam.

WLC 199R - SPECIAL TOPICS

Semester Hours: 3

Study of special topics in foreign language, literature, or culture on campus or abroad. Prerequisites: Placement by exam.

WLC 199S - SPECIAL TOPICS

Semester Hours: 3

Study of special topics in foreign language, literature, or culture on campus or abroad. Prerequisites: Placement by exam.

WLC 201A - INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201F - INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201G - INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201J - INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201N - INTERM FOREIGN LANG:LATIN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201R - INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 201S - INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 102 or placement by exam. Offered Fall.

WLC 202A - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202F - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202G - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202J - INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202N - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:LATIN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202R - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 202S - INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches listening, speaking, reading and writing within cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 201 or placement by exam. Offered Spring.

WLC 204 - INTERNATIONAL CINEMA

Semester Hours: 3

Analyzes foreign language films centered on changing themes, such as gender issues, family, religion, children and society, the arts. Conducted in English. No prerequisite. Offered Spring.

WLC 301F - CONVERSATION:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches conversational communication through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 301G - CONVERSATION:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches conversational communication through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 301J - CONVERSATION:JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

Given that oral skill development and writing skill development complement each other, students will continue to practice and be tested on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within culturally authentic contexts, but with emphasis on oral skills (listening and speaking). Readings and materials of topical interest (such as newspaperand magazine articles,comic strips, advertisements, political propaganda, brochures, songs and films) will serve as the basis for oral presentations, dialogues, discussion, debate and oral questions. Class is conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 202J.

WLC 301N - CONVERSATION:LATIN

Semester Hours: 3

WLC 301R - CONVERSATION:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches conversational communication through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 301S - CONVERSATION:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches conversational communication through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 302F - COMPOSITION:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches writing skills through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 302G - COMPOSITION:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches writing skills through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 302J - COMPOSITION:JAPANESE

Semester Hours: 3

WLC 302R - COMPOSITION:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches writing skills through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 302S - COMPOSITION:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches writing skills through cultural texts and media. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or placement by exam. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 303F - FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:FRENC

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches foreign language skills for careers in business, technology, politics, etc. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or by placement. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 303G - FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:GERMA

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches foreign language skills for careers in business, technology, politics, etc. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or by placement. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 303R - FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:RUSSI

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches foreign language skills for careers in business, technology, politics, etc. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or by placement. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 303S - FOREIGN LANG LIFE & PROF:SPANI

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches foreign language skills for careers in business, technology, politics, etc. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisite: WLC 202 or by placement. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 304F - CULTURE:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches the arts, histories, social customs, and values of the target culture. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on Demand.

WLC 304G - CULTURE:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches the arts, histories, social customs, and values of the target culture. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on Demand.

WLC 304R - CULTURE:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches the arts, histories, social customs, and values of the target culture. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on Demand.

WLC 304S - CULTURE:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Teaches the arts, histories, social customs, and values of the target culture. Conducted in the target language. Prerequisites: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on Demand.

WLC 305F - INTRO TO LITERATURE:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Introduces the literature of the target language in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerquisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 305G - INTRO TO LITERATURE:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Introduces the literature of the target language in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerquisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 305R - INTRO TO LITERATURE:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Introduces the literature of the target language in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerquisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 305S - INTRO TO LITERATURE:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Introduces the literature of the target language in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. Prerquisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Spring or on demand.

WLC 404F - TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:FRENC

Semester Hours: 3

In-depth study of authors, genres, or movements in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. May be repeated when taught with a different topic. Prerequisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 404G - TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT/GERMA

Semester Hours: 3

In-depth study of authors, genres, or movements in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. May be repeated when taught with a different topic. Prerequisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 404R - TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:RUSSI

Semester Hours: 3

In-depth study of authors, genres, or movements in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. May be repeated when taught with a different topic. Prerequisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 404S - TEXTS & CONTEXTS:SEM LIT:SPANI

Semester Hours: 3

In-depth study of authors, genres, or movements in cultural contexts. Conducted in the target language. May be repeated when taught with a different topic. Prerequisite: WLC 301 or WLC 302. Offered Fall or on demand.

WLC 410 - INT'L INTERN:COMP LANG/CULT

Semester Hours: 3-6

Capstone for majors, offering practical experience in commercial or public organizations domestically or abroad. Conducted in English. Prerequisite: WLC 303. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall.

WLC 499F - INDEPENDENT STUDY:FRENCH

Semester Hours: 3

Independent study and/or study abroad. Prerequisite: WLC 202.

WLC 499G - INDEPENDENT STUDY:GERMAN

Semester Hours: 3

Independent study and/or study abroad. Prerequisite: WLC 202.

WLC 499R - INDEPENDENT STUDY:RUSSIAN

Semester Hours: 3

Independent study and/or study abroad. Prerequisite: WLC 202.

WLC 499S - INDEPENDENT STUDY:SPANISH

Semester Hours: 3

Independent study and/or study abroad. Prerequisite: WLC 202.

Buksa, Irena, Associate Professor, Foreign Language, 1990, DA, Syracuse.

Goebel, Rolf, Professor, Foreign Language, 1985, PhD, University of Maryland.

Gyasi, Kwaku, Associate Professor, Foreign Language, 1999, PhD, Ohio State University.

Kaiura, Leslie, Assistant Professor, Foreign Language, 2007, MA, University of Virginia.

Keller, Karl, Lecturer, Foreign Language, 2007, MA, University of Alabama.

Maier, Linda, Professor, Foreign Language, 1993, PhD, University of Virginia.