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Options and Opportunities in Language and Culture

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in Chinese, 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 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 three languages are also offered as minors.

News & Announcements

New Spanish for the Professions Certificate Announced

Spanish for the professions certificate

UNC is Colorado's newest Hispanic Serving Institution, and as part of its focus on building and fostering cultural responsiveness, WLD has created a new certificate program in Spanish for the Professions that equips students who are preparing for careers in business, criminal justice, or health care to communicate effectively with native Spanish-speaking stakeholders. Find out more here

Students Recognized at 2024 Honors Convocation


World Languages & Cultures students Rebecca Guzmán Huezo, Jamie Milne and Shane Loewe were recognized at the 2024 Honors Convocation ceremony for excellence in their program. Congratulations!

UNC Students Attend 2024 Colorado Japan Cup Competition

2024 Japan Cup student participants

On April 6, six UNC students attended the 2024 Colorado Japan Cup Competition to showcase their Japanese knowledge and participate in a variety of competitions and cultural events. The event is recognized and supported by organizations like the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver, Sumitomo Corporation of America, and TOKIO, Denver. The student group, consisting of Ashe Abel, Sofia Lourbecca Padecio, Yi zhu Cao, Maddox Esch, Abraham Sanchez and Sitong Wang, participated alongside teams from schools like CSU and UC Boulder to demonstrate their proficiency and foster cultural exchange and camaraderie.

WLC Exhibitor Table at 2024 CCFLT Spring Conference

CCFLT Conference table

Faculty from the Department of World Languages and Cultures hosted a successful exhibitor table at the recent 2024 Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) Spring Conference in Aurora. This annual meeting, attended this year by approximately 300 middle and high school language teachers from across the state, was an opportunity to showcase and promote UNC's graduate and undergraduate language programs.

Latest Poetry Book from Enrique Bernales Albites

Enrique Bernales poetry book

Late last year, Dr. Enrique Bernales Albites, associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, published a collection of poetry entitled El lenguaje que la nombra. The book's works tackle history, myths and universal cultures from Mesopotamia, Greece, Peru, the USA, Mexico, Russia and the Arab world. For more information, check out a review of the book at this link, or find it on Amazon.

Stepping Outside the Classroom

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