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World Languages and Cultures

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Coursework at World Languages and Cultures (WLC) at American University taught in the target language provides solid language skills and depth of cultural understanding in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. Instruction for individuals interested in teaching English to non-English speakers is provided through the TESOL Program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). WLC offers an online Language Placement Test to help students find appropriate classes, in addition to one-on-one Undergraduate Advising.

Undergraduate Degrees

WLC offers BA degrees in Arabic, French, German, Russian, and Spanish Studies, as well as interdisciplinary majors in Language and Area Studies, and Foreign Language and Communication Media. WLC also offers certificates in translation in French, German, Russian, and Spanish, and minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Graduate Degrees & Certificates

Master's programs offered include an MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies and an MA in TESOL. Please see the Degrees page for more about our graduate translation certificate programs.