In an era of internationalization, knowledge of other languages, peoples, and cultures is an urgent necessity. To that end, the Department of World Languages and Cultures offers programs in nine languages that are designed to deepen students' ability to thrive in an increasingly diverse environment.
Our faculty have been recognized multiple times for their excellence. The foreign language faculty features one winner of the university-wide Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching (Dr. Lunsford); one winner of the university-wide Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility (Prof. Post); two Scholars at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (Dr. Kupatadze and Dr. Neville); two winners of the Elon College Excellence in Teaching Award (Dr. Adamson and Dr. Windham); and one winner of the Elon College Excellence in Service and Leadership Award (Dr. Van Bodegraven).
Our students are increasingly successful in gaining significant internships abroad, graduate school acceptances, careers in foreign countries, meaningful service-learning projects domestically and abroad, and scholarly publications.
We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Spanish, as well as minors in Asian Studies, Classical Studies, French, German Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. Students who major in French or Spanish may choose to complete the program leading to teacher licensure. Study abroad is required for majors and strongly encouraged for minors.
Coursework in our programs is balanced among cultural, linguistic, and literary topics. Emphasis is placed on practical use of the language, and classroom learning is enhanced by multimedia technology, community-based service-learning projects, language clubs, and the option of living in immersion language houses.