May 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages and Cultures Department

College of Arts and Humanities
Language and Literature Bldg., room 102
Mail Stop 7552
    See website for how these programs can be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Michael Johnson, PhD

Nathalie Kasselis, PhD, Spanish, French
Natalie Lefkowitz, PhD, Spanish, French
Joshua S. Nelson, PhD, Japanese

Associate Professors
Michael Johnson, PhD, French
Eric Mayer, PhD, Spanish
Volha Isakava, PhD, Russian

Assistant Professors
Andrea Herrera-Dulcet, Spanish

Roselia Arellano-Sandoval, MA, Spanish
Dinara Georgeoliani, PhD, Russian
Lily Scott, PhD, Russian
Mariko Knight, BA, Japanese
Yuanxia Liu, MA Chinese
Taralynn Petrites, PhD, American Sign Language
Laurie Moshier, DA, French, German
Masonya Bennett, PhD, Africana Black Studies

Amy Lyn Jenkins, secretary senior

Department Information
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers BA degrees in French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish and minors in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Spanish has two streams: Heritage and Second Language Learner.  

For non-majors or minors, the first-and second-year sequences are designed to provide basic proficiency in a world language. The department recommends that all majors include some organized study abroad where their major language is spoken, but there is no requirement for study abroad in any of the programs.

The World Languages and Cultures Department’s Core Values are:

Lifelong Learning; Cross-cultural Communication, and Global Citizenship.

All WLC programs and courses adhere to these values.

Admission to Department Programs

Students planning to major or minor must meet with an advisor in the World Languages and Cultures department for details about admission requirements and to complete an application form.

Departmental Standards
Students in the majors and minors must earn a minimum grade of C+ in each course used for their program/s.

Core Course Requirements
Only courses numbered 200 and above will count toward a major or minor. Students may contact the department to request placement testing if they have prior instruction in any of the languages.   For students with sufficient preparation, the 200-level sequence may be waived through our placement exam or credit by examination.  Please note that Spanish CLEP test scores may be used to complete General Education and/or graduation requirements but may not be used to fulfill course requirements for Spanish majors or minors. Students planning to study abroad must see their advisor prior to departure to ensure the applicability of the proposed course of study. All upper-division classes not listed as requirements are approved electives.

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to:

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Certificate BMinor


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