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.

For specific questions regarding your placement score, please consult directly with the advisor listed below. For students who place above the 2020 level, or have questions about a language, please contact the advisor listed below, or READ MORE.

For those students wishing to enroll in a language not included in the list above, please contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

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Bilingual is Better

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NEWS AND STORIES

University celebrates 50th anniversary of preparing global citizens in Austria, Spain

For more than 50 years, Bowling Green State University has been preparing students to be global citizens through innovative and immersive education abroad programs. The Academic Year Abroad (AYA) program in Salzburg, Austria recently celebrated its golden anniversary with a ceremonial signing of the agreement between BGSU and the University of Salzburg, and a weekend of activities for alumni and current and past faculty of the program and their families. Read More

World Languages and Cultures promotes linguistic and cultural competence

The department’s 29 full-time faculty members offer instruction in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, 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. Read More

Smith, De La Cruz are world-class team builders

Change is hard. And when it comes to academic departments, each with its own culture and practices, it can be especially challenging. So when the decision was made to merge the German, Russian and East Asian languages department with the romance and classical studies department to form the new Department of World Languages and Cultures, everyone knew it would be a demanding process. Read More