Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Address: 2321 Moore Humanities and Research Admin. Bldg.
- French and Francophone Studies (BA) U383
- French (BA) (K-12 Teaching Licensure) U161
- German Studies (BA) U382
- Global Languages and Communities (BA) U380
- Spanish (BA) U227
- Spanish (BA) (K-12 Teaching Licensure) U229
Communicate an understanding of languages, literatures, and cultures within the context of a humanistic liberal education; connect with individuals and communities within the department, across the campus, the state, the nation, and the world in order to foster a culture of meaningful intellectual inquiry and participatory and lifelong learning that promotes respect for all; and contribute to the university’s strategic goal of internationalizing the campus as we prepare our students to excel in a variety of professions and graduate studies.
What is Unique about Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UNCG?
Distinguished faculty with international reputations for excellence in scholarship and teaching; opportunity to participate in the Global Village, a residential college open to first-year students in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; scholarship opportunities for majors/ minors in French, German, and Spanish; departmental lecture series open to undergraduates.
Academic clubs and organizations
- French Club (Rendez-vous)
- German Club
- Japanese Club (J-Club)
- Russian Language Society
- Spanish Club
- Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society)
- Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society)
- Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society)
Extracurricular social activities: Chinese New Year celebration, Chinese conversation group (Mandarin Corner); French conversation group (Café-Causette), Ciné-Club; German conversation group (Kaffeestunde), German Weeks Campus Series; Japanese cultural celebration Bunka no Hi, Japanese annual spring celebration; Russian dinner social (Cooking at Kate's), Russian conversation hour, annual spring Spektakl; Spanish conversation group (Café Olé)
- Summer study abroad programs in France, Spain, and Costa Rica
- Semester and yearlong study abroad programs in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, and many other Latin American and French-speaking countries
Students who earn a degree within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures pursue careers in a variety of fields, including business with international interests and public sector positions related to health, public administration, government, and management. Others pursue careers in translating, publishing, and teaching in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as teaching at the college level (after completing graduate studies). Our graduates have held positions such as:
- Assistant vice president for High Point Bank and Trust Co. (French graduate)
- Research staffer in U.S. House of Representatives (German graduate)
- Computer specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor (French graduate)
- President of TM Baker Co. Inc. (Spanish graduate)
- Visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University (German graduate)
- Manager for the Proctor and Gamble Distribution Co. (French graduate)
- Director of Bilingual Education for the New York State Schools (Spanish graduate)
- Area manager at Amazon.com in Tampa, Fla. (Spanish graduate)
Other graduates work for the U.S. Department of Defense, Greensboro Housing Authority, and many other local, state, and national agencies.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers its B.A. students the opportunity to pursue their studies at the graduate level with multiple programs: M.A. (Master of Arts in Romance Languages and Literatures with concentration in French or Francophone Studies or Spanish), MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching with concentration in French and Francophone Studies or Spanish), and M.Ed. (Master of Education with concentration in French and Francophone Studies or Spanish). Students also have successfully completed graduate/Ph.D. programs in French, German, or Spanish at Yale, New York University, Penn State, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia, University of Kentucky, and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Professional Organizations and Accreditation
- American Association of Teachers of French
- American Association of Teachers of German
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- German Studies Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- Renaissance Society of America
- South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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