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Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Why Study World Languages, Literatures & Cultures at The College of Idaho?

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, formerly known as the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, offers courses that center on developing communicative proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing, as well as on increasing cultural awareness. Upper-division courses focus on literature, film, and culture and help students to develop analytical thinking, research, speaking, and writing skills.

Many students also enhance their major or minor through study abroad programs. The College offers faculty-led off-campus study programs in French and Spanish-speaking countries on a rotating basis. Students also study internationally through approved program providers.

The College of Idaho’s diverse community offers students the opportunity to interact regularly with native speakers. Approximately 11 percent of our student body consists of international students from more than 40 countries. The community surrounding the College also offers students access to native-speaking communities, as well as cultural events, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

Career Opportunities for World Languages, Literatures & Cultures Majors and Minors

Understanding multiple languages and cultures offer students many professional opportunities in today’s global society. A foreign language major or minor prepares students for success in a variety of career fields and future endeavors: graduate studies, education, foreign service work, business, social work, public service, law, journalism, and health professions.

About our Department

Meet our Faculty

Opportunities to Study Abroad with The College of Idaho (PDF)

Spanish Advising Guidelines and Placement Exam instructions (PDF)

Spanish Placement Flow Chart (PDF)