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World Languages and Cultures

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Language learning prepares us to connect in the multicultural and multilingual world we share.

Get your job advantage in a global economy.

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Interested in our Language Major? Choose French, German, or Spanish. 

Had three years in high school and want to start at the Intermediate Level?

Take 22021G and 2202G courses and fulfill your Gen Ed requirement in the Humanities. 


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Had 4 years in high school?
You may be able to start at the 3000-level (Advanced Level). Courses at the 3000 and 4000 level not only include advanced grammar and conversation courses, but also culture and civilization courses, literature, film, music, business language, and Special Topics courses.
Want to immerse yourself and study abroad?

Check out our exciting and effective Study Abroad programs. They meet individual student budgets and goals. Join our faculty-led short-term programs, or choose semester programs at our partner schools abroad.

Earn 15-20 credits (full semester) towards your Major by studying in France, Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, or Ecuador...


Is your Major in another area? Do you want to get your competitive edge?

Declare a double Major in your language.

Many students from across disciplines and majors have declared a double major in their language. We have students whose first majors are in Psychology, History, Political Science, English, Biology, Communication Studies (and many other fields) complete a double major in a language.

Do you prefer a Minor?
Add a Language Minor to your Major--Add Value to Your Career. Take 12 credits at our upper division level (3000 and 4000 courses). Check out our Minors...
Have you acquired proficiency in a language through home background learning (Spanish)?
Skip courses and take our proficiency exams. Students with intermediate or advanced proficiency (for example, through home background learning, travel or work) skip courses and instead take our proficiency exams that provide full course credits. Take our proficiency tests for Spanish 3000 and Spanish 3050 and earn 8 credits towards your Spanish Major or Minor.
Love teaching?
World Language teachers are in high demand. We have a 100% placement rate. Our faculty stand by students and help them succeed at state and ACTFL/CAEP requirements.


Check out what our recent graduates are doing. Read more ... 


MAJOR (BA in World Languages & Cultures)

  • Three languages of concentration (Spanish, French, and German)

  • Degree Plan 


MINORS (Spanish, French, and German)

  • 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.

  • Degree Plan



Teacher Licensure Major in Spanish, French, and German

Teacher Licensure Minor in Spanish, French, and German

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 World language teachers established by CAEP as well as the American Council for the Teaching of World Languages (ACTFL). Candidates are required to pass the official ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) at the Advanced Low (AL) proficiency level (or above) to obtain their license.  

Unique to Eastern Illinois University and our department is the course WLF/G/S 3401/3501 Cadet Teaching/Languages for Young Learners. As a teacher candidate in this course, you have the opportunity to work with a faculty member and a team of other candidates and advanced language students to design a program to introduce French, German or Spanish to young learners. The culmination of this experience is to go into an area elementary school on a weekly basis for six to seven weeks to deliver the program you have designed.

For further information, contact the department chair directly:

Christiane Eydt-Beebe

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Department of World Languages & Cultures

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Fax: 217-581-3113

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