World Languages Literatures and Cultures

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The Department of World Languages Literatures and Cultures at The College of Idaho helps students develop cross-cultural understanding and linguistic abilities to communicate effectively. By studying language at the C of I, you will learn how to communicate successfully and develop a deeper understanding of cultures in our world.

Why study World Languages Literatures and Cultures at The College of Idaho?

The Department of World Languages Literatures and Cultures (WLC) offers a major or minor in Spanish. We also offer courses in English as a Second Language and occasional courses in Chinese.

Lower-division language courses center on developing communicative proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing, as well as on increasing cultural awareness. Upper-division courses focus on literature, film, and culture and help students to develop analytical thinking, research, and speaking and writing skills. Special reading topics and interdisciplinary studies courses complement the foreign language major and minors by encouraging students to integrate other majors and minors with language study.

Many students also enhance their WLC major or minor through study abroad programs. The department offers off-campus study programs in various countries on a rotating basis. Students also study internationally through approved program providers.

In addition to small classes, caring professors, and motivated classmates, the C of I's diverse community offers students the opportunity to interact regularly with native speakers. Approximately 11 percent of our student body consists of international students from more than 40 countries. The community surrounding the C of I also offers students access to native speaking communities, as well as cultural events, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Career Opportunities for C of I World Languages Literatures and Cultures Students

Understanding multiple languages and cultures offers students many professional opportunities in today's global society. A foreign language major or minor prepares students for success in a variety of career fields and future endeavors: graduate studies, education, foreign service work, business, social work, public service, law, journalism, and health professions.