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World Languages & Cultures


World Languages & Cultures
McCabe Hall 215
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington DC, 20016-8045
(202) 885-2381

  • Learn about the new online teaching English ?as a foreign language (TEFL) master's program. 

    TEFL Online

    Learn about the new online teaching English
    as a foreign language (TEFL) master's program. 

  • Igazu Falls in Brazil

    New Portuguese Courses

    Learn more about the new Portuguese
    courses offered through World Languages and Cultures.

  • Arabic major

    New Arabic Major

    WLC now offers a 36 credit Arabic major! To read more about the requirements please visit our Arabic page.

  • Undergraduate Degrees

    Undergraduate Degrees

    The Department of World Languages & Cultures
    offers more than 35 majors, minors,
    and undergraduate certificates.

  • Spanish: Latin American Studies MA

    Spanish: Latin American Studies MA

    The flexibility of our degree accommodates our students' diverse interests: they pursue careers in education, research, translation, human rights, and service to the Latino community.

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.


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WLC offers an international faculty representing many different countries and language regions.

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