Dr. Miller, chair. Ms. Asua, Dr. Balena, Dr. Barthe, Ms. Benitez-Galbraith, Dr. Bliss, Dr. Boersma, Dr. Boomershine, Dr. Brignole, Dr. Burt, Dr. Cami-Vela, Dr. B. Chandler, Dr. K. Chandler, Dr. Das, Dr. Deagon, Dr. Felix, Ms. Ferreyra-Pollock, Dr. Gordon, Dr. E. Harris, Dr. Hoot, Ms. Irvin, Ms. Jara, Dr. Juall, Ms. Kano, Dr. Mrak, Dr. Randolph, Ms. Rider, Mr. Rosenbloom, Dr. Scatton-Tessier, Dr. Spieser, Dr. Stevens, Mr. Tessier, Dr. Trokhimenko, Ms. Tucker.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers classes in American sign language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish language; as well as in literature, film studies, civilization, linguistics and classics. Majors in French, German studies, and Spanish prepare students for graduate studies, teaching, and other careers requiring a strong liberal arts background combined with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. The major in German studies is available in conjunction with the Language Exchange (see Enrichment Courses and Programs ). Also available are minors that complement student’s majors, deepen their cultural and linguistic appreciation, and enhance employment opportunities: Brazilian/Portuguese, French, German Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and in conjunction with other departments, Asian Studies, classical studies, European studies, and Latin American studies.
Students who have taken French, German, Latin, or Spanish in high school or students who grew up in a French, German, or Spanish-speaking home, must take the placement exam found on the department website before enrolling in classes in that language. Placement in American sign language, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian is done through consultation with the department.
Students with previous foreign language credit (AP, CLEP, transfer) may choose to take the UNCW placement exam for their respective language if they feel that they can perform at a higher level than the courses that they are transferring.
If a student has successfully completed, or is registered in a 200-level course (excluding literature and culture classes taught in English), she/he may not take for credit, either concurrently or subsequently, a 100-level course in the same language. If a student has successfully completed, or is registered in a 300- or 400-level course, she/he may not take for credit, either concurrently or subsequently, a 100-level class or a class numbered 201 or 202 in the same language. Exceptions to this rule may be granted under special circumstances and with special permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the department chair.