College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Majors, Minors and Other Opportunities

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Foreign Languages and Cultures has three options!

We also offer the B.A. in:

Undergraduate minors in:

We also offer elementary and intermediate instruction in Chinese and Japanese. We sponsor two popular study abroad programs: WISE-Spain and WISE-Costa Rica.

We encourage double majors in Foreign Languages and Cultures and another discipline. Joint curriculum sequences are available for the following programs:

Foreign Languages in the News

The Guardian reports that "foreign language learning can increase the size of your brain"!

Language Learning is Essential for Understanding Global Perspectives

CNN Money reports: The hottest job skill is... (yes, you guessed it: knowledge of foreign languages!)

New York Post reports, "Speaking Two or More Languages Becoming Essential Skill."

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Resources for Students


German Coffee and Conversation Hour

German "Kaffeestunde" will be every Monday at 4:00-5:00 pm in the Foreign Languages and Literatures lab, Morgan Hall 303. Contact Dr. Gary Schmidt for more info at (309) 298-1558 or via email at

Japanese Club

Japanese Club dates and times will be announced soon.

Learn about Japanese culture, improve your Japanese speaking skills, and meet new people. Contact Wenhong Teel for more info at (309) 298-1558 or via email at

Grupo de Español

Spanish Conversation Hour will be announced soon. It is only for WIU students. It is a chance for students to get together and have Spanish conversation in a casual setting. The first date will be announced at a later date.

Tertulias (Spanish Conversations) will be held at the Casa Latino Lounge in the Multicultural Center. Tertulias is a great way to practice and improve Spanish speaking skills. It is free and open to WIU students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Dates and times for Tertulias will be announced soon.

French Conversation Hour

French Conversation will be on Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Foreign Languages and Literatures lab, Morgan Hall 303. Come and practice your French. All levels welcome!

For more information contact Dr. Edmond Asare, at (309) 298-1558 or via email at