World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Your Future In World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Do you want to enhance your opportunities for employment throughout the United States and abroad? Are you interested in expanding your personal horizons? Do you want to better position yourself for success? Then pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in a world language at the University of North Texas might be for you.

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 course work 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.


High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.