Your Future In World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Studying a world language allows you to acquaint yourself with another culture and develop a global perspective. It also can strengthen your analytic and interpretive skills, leading to high scores in math and English courses and on entrance exams.

Majoring in a world language can prepare you for a variety of career fields including:

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Intelligence and law enforcement
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services
  • The travel industry

Our graduates have been employed with international companies, airlines, law firms, school districts and universities.

What we offer

Earning your bachelor's degree involves more than just learning to understand, speak, read and write in another language. You will gain insights into other cultures and explore literatures and linguistics through required coursework and electives.

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers majors in French, German, Japanese and Spanish as well as professional certification in French and Spanish. The professional certification is useful for careers in travel and tourism, law enforcement, the medical profession and business. Minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Russian are also available.

Our faculty members include native speakers, participants in national organizations and award winning professors.

We work closely with the Study Abroad office to provide multiple opportunities for international work and study. These opportunities allow you to immerse yourself in the language and experience the culture first hand. They include studying:

  • Chinese in Beijing
  • French in Cannes
  • German in Freiburg
  • Japanese in Tokyo
  • Russian in St. Petersburg
  • Spanish in Puebla, Mexico; San José, Costa Rica; Valencia, Spain; and Buenos Aires, Argentina

More information on these programs is available at our website using the study abroad link.

We offer a variety of opportunities to practice the languages and learn more about the cultures including conversation groups and film series, and we sponsor honor societies for French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance.

What to expect

You will become proficient in speaking, reading and writing the language you choose. You may spread your beginning and intermediate requirements over four semesters or accelerate your schedule.

Our World Language Learning Center provides 80 computer workstations, more than 30 software programs for self-study and assignments, multi-language audio and video media, satellite reception of international programs and presentation equipment.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.