European Languages & Cultures B.A.
While cultural affinities and shared interests shaped the history of Europe and the United States, new realities call into question many assumptions about our common trajectory. The new BA program in European Languages and Cultures cultivates an appreciation for Europe’s rich history and culture, while preparing students to engage Europeans in the 21st Century. In addition to becoming proficient in one or more European languages, students will learn about the traditions and transformations that are redefining Europe’s relationship with the rest of the world. This can open doors for travel, study and work in Europe as part of one’s college experience and future career.
Don Holman, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of German
Don Holman is chair of UNC’s Department of World Languages and Cultures. He teaches German at all levels, as well as new courses in European literature and culture. In addition to positions on the faculty of two universities, his career has included teaching the English language to German military personnel in southern Germany. Before joining UNC, Don managed a satellite school of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. His contributions there were twice recognized with the DLIFLC Commandant’s Coin of Excellence, as well as the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
In Summer 2020 he will lead students to the North and Baltic Sea coast of Germany, where they will explore the rich legacy of the German Hansa, a medieval trade league that has left an enduring stamp on northern Germans and their proud “Hanseatic” cities.Learn more about Dr. Holman
Choose one language and culture to emphasize in:
- European Languages and Cultures B.A. French
- European Languages and Cultures B.A. German
- European Languages and Cultures B.A. Spanish
Stand out above the rest with a detailed and intimate knowledge of other countries and cultures. The European Languages and Cultures degree opens doors for you that lead to success in communicating with others around the world.
Consider UNC's B.A. in European Languages and Cultures if you want to:
- Learn French, German or Spanish
- Travel in Europe, whether for university study or work and internship opportunities
- Tailor your studies to an international career that you have chosen
- An in-depth knowledge of one or more European nations and their language(s)
- An appreciation for European perspectives on critical issues from their origins to modern times
- Critical thinking skills that will strengthen your ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups, internationally or domestically.
- Personal and Public Revolutions
- The Individual in the System
- Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
- French, German or Spanish Phonetics and Oral Proficiency
Where can your degree take you?
- Teaching English overseas
- Government services
- Immigration services
- Multinational business
- Intercultural communication skills
Beyond the Classroom
- UNC’s French and German clubs are great places for you to meet others with similar ideas and passions
- Studying abroad is a highly recommended experience for hands-on learning in a European culture. Many different colleges in France, Spain and Germany foster programs for our students to study at their schools. UNC’s Center for International Education is dedicated to help you get there.
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