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Options and Opportunities in Language and Culture

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, building proficient listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while exploring the target language's literature and culture. Students may pursue a B.A. in Foreign Languages in French or Spanish with either a liberal arts emphasis or a K-12 teaching emphasis.  Students may also choose to major or minor in Asian Studies, selecting from a wide variety of courses in Asian history and cultures, and combined with Japanese and/or Chinese language courses. All five languages are also offered as minors.

News & Announcements

Students Recognized at Honors Convocation


Workd Languages & Cultures students Jing Ting Chen, Gloria Ordonez, Katherine Li, Amelia Bucklew, Cheyenne Engstrom, Christian Sunblade, and Samantha Knies were recognized on April 14th for excellence in their program. Congratulations! View the event program. See all the event photos.

Department introduces New Name

Exciting new developments are underway in UNC’s Department of World Languages and Cultures, to prepare UNC students for new and growing demands in business, government, and international NGOs for advanced language and intercultural competence. The first major change includes a fresh department name – starting in Fall 2018 – to the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Stepping Outside the Classroom

World Languages and Cultures students participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by the Chinese Culture Club, the French Club, the German Club and the Japanese Language Club. Students in World Languages and Cultures are encouraged to study abroad to gain immersive experience in the culture and language of their chosen program.