World Languages and Cultures

Understanding world cultures and being conversant in another language are fundamental skills for today's global citizens. Graduates with multiple languages go on to find work in fields as diverse as government, politics, international relations, journalism, health and social services, translation services, environmental advocacy, education, and the arts.

World Languages and Cultures offers instruction in ten languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Other elective coursework includes classical civilization, film, historical perspectives, literature, modern culture, and peace and conflict studies. Students also have a wide range of opportunities for experiential learning via study abroad, international internships, undergraduate research, and other high-engagement activities.


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Bilingual is Better

There are clear and tangible benefits to being bilingual. Benefits


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Melody Freeland returning for master's degree in Spanish

“I have taken the best classes with the Spanish department and they have ignited my passion for many things, which led me to graduate school,” she said. Her pursuit of Spanish as a minor also gave her the opportunity to also create an independent study to conduct literary and cinematic research in Spanish, which paved the way for her to publish an article in the journal Argus-a in Argentina and the United States.  She will start her master’s degree in Spanish at BGSU in the fall while working as a math and Spanish teacher for Upward Bound, which supports students in their preparation for college entrance. She also plans to travel to Alcalá de Henares, Spain, during the fall semester.

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BGSU celebrates 50 years en España

Bowling Green State University recently celebrated 50 years of its Spain education abroad program, which is conducted in partnership with Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros (CUCC) in Alcalá de Henares, located on the outskirts of culture-rich Madrid. “BGSU en España, te extraña” (translated "BGSU in Spain misses you") was attended by program alumni, current students, faculty and staff, local partners who offer internship opportunities, host families and dignitaries, including BGSU President Rodney Rogers and Dr. Monserrat Giménez Hernández, executive director of the CUCC. The three-day celebration included an agreement renewal ceremony on the evening of the first day, confirming both universities’ commitment to an exceptional program that has helped form highly effective global citizens across disciplines for a half century.

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Austrian conference comes to BGSU

Bowling Green State University hosted the 2019 Austrian Studies Association Conference April 11-14. The conference served as the closing event of a yearlong celebration of the 50-year partnership between BGSU and the University of Salzburg. Nearly 100 Austrian studies scholars from six countries convened for the four-day, interdisciplinary conference, where they explored a broad range of issues related to migration in relation to Austria, Europe and North America.