Our faculty and staff are committed to helping you develop skills that will allow you to communicate in the language you study, not simply to learn about the language.
Former students have gone on to teach in China, receive Fulbright fellowships, direct translation services, do non-profit and church work in El Salvador, complete Master's and Ph.D. programs, or do business work.
Drake also offers numerous study abroad programs for each of the languages offered. Students who have studied abroad have reported that they were much more proficient than students who had studied language in a more traditional approach, without the small-group sessions focused on conversation. We strongly believe that if you are a self-motivated and responsible student, you will come out of the Department of World Languages and Cultures able to communicate effectively with native speakers of the language.
Currently, World Languages and Cultures offers a minor in Spanish, a Latin American Studies Concentration, and an East Asian Studies Concentration. We also offer Interdisciplinary Minors in Language and Culture (also called “concentrations” at Drake) in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Please click on the links to view the objectives and requirements of the various options. The Interdisciplinary Minors verify that you were successfully able to function linguistically and culturally during a study abroad experience. You are also able to create an individualized major or minor at Drake, and several students have done so.
Additionally, some majors, like International Relations, International Business, and Vocal Performance, require you to study a language. Studying a language complements many majors—for example, if you study history with an emphasis on Asia you would gain a different insight by being able to read primary documents in the original language.