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EIU Department of
World Languages and Cultures

Department Highlights


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Major in a World Language--Your Ticket to Working in a Global Economy

The opportunities that are available with a World language degree are limitless!

Emily KovacikEmily (BA in World Languages, 2015)

International Project Manager at Yargus Manufacturing based out of Marshall, IL (a global leader in the fertilizer equipment and material handling industry)

Traveling to conferences and site visits all over the world, using the language skills learned at EIU.

Read more about Emily here


 Our Department offers students....

  • Three languages of concentration (Spanish, French, German)
  • Intensive and effective practice in all communicative modes
  • Service learning opportunities
  • A multicultural and vibrant atmosphere in all our classrooms and Tutoring Center
  • Tutor positions 
  • Exciting and effective Study Abroad programs to meet individual student budgets and goals

Add a Language Minor to your Major--Add Value to Your Career

With 2, 3 or 4 years of Spanish, French, or German in high school (or 2 semesters of language study in college), students usually...

  • Take WLS/F/G 2201G and/or WLS/F/G 2202G and fulfill their Gen Ed Humanities requirement.
  • Take 4 courses (12 credits total) on the 3000 to 4000 level to complete their Minor.


Jennifer, French MinorJennifer (French Minor)

Majoring in Communication Studies. Pre-health professional track.

Plans to become a doctor who travels the world with Médecins sans frontières, or Doctors without Borders.



Excellent opportunities for heritage speakers of Spanish

Students with intermediate (or advanced) proficiency through home background learning skip courses and instead take our proficiency exams that provide full course credits.

Teacher Licensure

  • World Language teachers are in high demand
  • 100% placement rate
  • Our faculty stand by students and help them succeed at state and ACTFL/CAEP requirements



  • We distribute thousands of dollars to our own majors each year.
  • Livingston Lord Scholarship: The University regularly bestows its most prestigious award to a World Language Teacher Education Major.
  • Our record: This award, worth approximately $7,000, has been given to five of our students in the last 6 years.


Advanced Competency Credit…

Students receive up to 6 credits free of charge for language study completed in high school. Credits count toward graduation and are applied after completing two language courses at EIU. Students must begin at 1102 or 2201/2202 level.


Students gain experience and boost their résumés through…

  • Teaching our after school program in elementary school (offered every semester) and earn Spanish, French or German credits
  • Interning on and off campus
  • Working as tutors in our language lab
  • Serving as (paid) camp counselors in our new Summer Spanish Immersion Camp
  • Collaborating with "Amigos and Friends" and TLC (The Language Company) international students on campus
  • Participating in the many extracurricular activities that our diverse program offers...
    • Language Clubs
    • Weekly Conversation Tables
    • Honor Societies
    • Film Nights
    • Latin American Studies events

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Contact Information

Department of World Languages & Cultures

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

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