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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

The Department of World Languages and Cultures (former name: Department of Foreign Languages) is committed to graduating women and men proficient in the second language of their choice, conscious and accepting of the crucial role language, culture and humanistic literacy play in the diverse world of the 21st century.

We recognize the need to instill respect for multicultural awareness, historical and global perspectives, tolerance and appreciation for the traditions from which we as individuals and those around us spring.

Why Choose EIU for World Languages and Cultures

Careers for Majors

We offer a Major in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German or Spanish. Although the bulk of the major's courses are taught in the language of concentration, as a major you will also take courses pertinent to the major but taught outside of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

Emily Kovacick

A Major in Foreign Languages—Your Ticket to Working in a Global Economy. Read more...

Success for Language Minors

Make your Résumé Stand Out: Add a Language to your Major--Add Value to your Career. Did you take Spanish, French, or German in high school? Use your high school classes to jump ahead... Click here for more information on the minor.

cameron murray

Cameron Murray used his study abroad experience and minor in Spanish to land a great job after graduating. Read more...

A Double Major - A Winning Combo

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A Double Major May Be Easier Than You Think Read more...

Small Classes and Personal Attention

Relatively small class sizes allow for maximum development of speaking and writing skills as well as optimum contact with faculty and other students. Many majors choose to work directly with an individual faculty member to develop oral proficiency or to pursue an individualized personal research project.

Integrative and Service Learning

Earn language credits and boost your résume. Share you language with elementary school students in an after school program: Spanish/French/German 3401/3501 Languages for Young Learners You do not have to be a teacher education student ... Read more.

Study Abroad Options

In the Department of World Languages and Cultures, we understand the significance of the linguistically and culturally diverse world in which we all live.

We work closely with the Study Abroad Office to send our students to partner institutions around the world.

Katie Eckberg

Katie Eckberg a senior special education, secondary education and spanish triple major, knew she needed to go abroad. Read more...


Foreign Language Courses


The economic weight of the Spanish language in the United States and across the world is enormous. Invest in your future: choose Spanish! You will discover the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Latin America, and the beauty of their language. Click here for more information on this program.


The French language is spoken in more than 43 countries, and it is the only language (other than English) to be found on all five continents. French is used in diplomatic, cultural, economic, and political spheres around the globe. It is a working language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, and international courts. However, studying the French language can also help you perfect your English, because an estimated 30%-50% of it is derived from French! Click here for more information on this program.


Germany's 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth largest in the world. With knowledge of German, you can improve your employment opportunities. Click here for more information on this program.


Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than 1 billion people-one fifth of the global population. China is an emerging market and one of the world's biggest economies. Learning Mandarin Chinese will make your résumé stand out! Register for Chinese 1101 (Elementary Chinese I). Click here for more information on this program.

Teacher Licensure Program

Our Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As such it meets all national standards for the preparation of foreign language teachers established by CAEP as well as the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Ryan Schroth

Instructor of French

Dr. Schroth’s approach to language teaching and learning is centered on the act of communication. To that end, comprehension and oral production are emphasized in his courses. Whether in beginning French or more advanced classes, he aims to challenge students’ perceptions of French, who speaks it, and the many Francophone cultures around the globe. He is also a strong advocate of study abroad, having studied French, Spanish, and Arabic in places like Burkina Faso, France, Morocco, Québec, and Spain.

Dr. Kristin Routt

Professor of Spanish

Dr. Kristin Routt is an award-winning professor who specializes in colonial Latin American and Spanish Golden Age literature.  She enjoys helping students connect with these texts for what they continue to teach us today about gender, “race,” and ourselves.  She especially values high-impact experiences outside of the classroom, and she regularly leads her students on study-abroad and service-learning programs.

Don't take our word for it

"I can honestly say that had it not been for the personal attention and confidence placed in me by the faculty of the EIU Foreign Language Department, I wouldn’t be living the dream I am today!"

Jerrod Woodruff (2012)

"The more I look back at my undergraduate experience at EIU, the more I realize just how fundamental these years were to my personal and academic development. Above all else, I am indebted to the Department of Foreign Languages and its faculty for providing such a nurturing and rewarding academic environment.”

Daniel Tucker (2014)

"EIU instilled in me a relaxed, caring nature and a culture of practical excellence that prepared me to be effective in the real world. I didn't even realize this at the time though, because I was too busy having so much fun."

Steven Kutz (2011)

"As a tutor of German in the lab, I discovered the importance of adapting my teaching style to different learners, while my experience teaching German in the after-school program at Newman Elementary School gave me the confidence to teach in front of a class. Until that program, I did not realize how much I love teaching.”

Maria Kuhn (2013)

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Department of Foreign Languages

Coleman Hall, First Floor
Fax: 217-581-3113

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