About World Languages and Cultures
World Languages and Cultures offers programs in Asian Studies, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Foreign language students are actively involved in extracurricular activities sponsored by a variety of language and cultural clubs. Many of our students also take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
"The learning of languages other than English as vital to an understanding of the world . . . Anyone interested in the long-term vitality and security of the United States should recognize that it will be detrimental for Americans to remain overwhelmingly monolingual and ill-informed about other parts of this increasingly interdependent world."
–MLA Statement on Language Learning and United States National Policy (2013)
Offerings in French
Students majoring in French at the University of Northern Colorado enjoy relatively small classes that ensure their success in acquiring an advanced level of proficiency in the language. The French Program also provides ample extracurricular opportunities to hone students’ skills. These include a weekly conversation hour in French, French Club activities, a French film series, and regularly scheduled immersion weekends in the nearby resort town of Estes Park. French majors also help plan and coordinate UNC’s World Language Day, which brings over 1,200 high school students and their teachers to campus, and have a variety of summer and semester opportunities for study abroad. A minor in French is also available.
Offerings in German
The University of Northern Colorado’s German Program offers both a major and a minor. Students can expect small classes of no more than 25 students. In addition, students can practice their language skills in such extracurricular activities as a weekly conversation group, a German film series, a German soccer club, total-immersion hiking weekends, the Greeley Oktoberfest, and the production of a German-language radio program and newspaper. Another option available to students studying German is spending a year abroad at a German university.
Offerings in Chinese and Japanese
Students in Chinese and Japanese enjoy relatively small classes with no more than 25 students in a section and can gain elementary through advanced level of proficiency. Language courses in Chinese or Japanese can be supplemented with one of the many study-abroad and exchange programs to China, Japan, and Taiwan. While no major is presently available in either Chinese or Japanese, students can apply coursework in Chinese or Japanese towards the Asian Studies major, the Asian Studies minor, the Chinese minor, or the Japanese minor. Students can also participate in the many club activities and regular meetings for Chinese Culture Club and Japanese Culture and Anime Club or Japanese Language Club, that include celebrating traditional Asian holidays and festivals, immersion weekends and excursions to Asian markets, tea houses, museums, or restaurants.