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World Languages and Cultures

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World Languages and Cultures

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Certificate of Competence in Language and Culture

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Program Overview

The program currently offers seven languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Beginning Italian is also offered every other year. The faculty of the program mentor students as they gain functional competence in a language other than English, develop cultural understanding, and become responsible global citizens. Students prepare to study or live abroad, enhance professional development, and pursue personal interests while working alongside the faculty and, in most courses, native speakers who lead conversationally focused sessions.


World Languages and Cultures Certificate

The Certificate of Competence in Language and Culture is designed to allow students to demonstrate competence in a language other than English and a competent understanding of the cultural contexts in which that language is spoken. Interested students may pursue the Certificate in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Undergraduate students from any school or college are eligible to apply. The Certificate is compatible with nearly every Drake major.

In order to receive the certificate, students meet a set of requirements combining academic and co-curricular experiences. These experiences include a mandatory study-abroad experience in a program approved by the director of the World Languages and Cultures program. At the time of graduation, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in language courses.

The certificate consists of a minimum of 14 hours of coursework (though more may be required depending upon a student's initial knowledge of the language of study).

Requirement Credit Hours
Two semesters of language study beyond the intermediate level (150 or 160 level) or equivalent from abroad 6
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication, or equivalent 3
Study-abroad and surrounding experience courses 5
WLC 080 - The Study Abroad Experience I 1
WLC 081 - The Study Abroad Experience II 1
WLC 082 - The Study Abroad Experience III 3
Total 14
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