Message from the Director

‌The mission of the World Languages and Cultures program is to aid students as they develop functional competence in a language other than English.

In doing so, we emphasize the development of speaking skills, cultural understanding, and responsible global citizenship. Our students also focus on all other aspects of developing language skills for communicative purposes. Many of our students study abroad, obtain employment with companies that have international interests, and attend graduate school in areas that incorporate their language abilities.

Our dedicated faculty and small class size provide a welcoming environment for students to expand their developing competence in language and culture. We currently offer courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Students who study abroad and complete our certificate program are able to obtain transcriptable evidence of their cultural and linguistic competence. Those interested in teaching a language can obtain an endorsement through Drake’s School of Education. Students who excel in their language studies are also able to join a national honor society that recognizes their excellence.

We invite you to examine our site and course offerings. Should you have any questions or wish for more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Marc Cadd
Director, World Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor of German
515-271-3923
marc.cadd@drake.edu

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